Harry Chapin

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock Vocal
Tags: folk singer-songwriter classic rock folk rock rock 70s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA, d. 16 July 1981, New York, USA. The son of a big band drummer, Chapin played in the Brooklyn Heights Boys’ Choir and during his teens formed a group with his brothers, Tom and Stephen. Immensely talented as a writer and film maker, he directed the Oscar-nominated Legendary Champions in 1968, after which he returned to music. In 1971, he formed a group with John Wallace (bass), Ron Palmer (guitar) and Tim Scott (cello) and played in various clubs in New York. The following year, he was signed to Elektra Records and his debut Heads And Tales and the six-minute single ‘Taxi’ enjoyed minor success in the US charts. Chapin’s strength as a writer was already emerging in the form of fascinating narrative songs, which often had a twist in the tale. ‘W-O-L-D’, an acute observation of the life of a local disc jockey, went on to become something of an FM radio classic. In 1974, Chapin secured the US...

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