Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942 - July 16, 1981) was a highly acclaimed folk rock/pop singer-songwriter, philanthropist, and social activist who became famous during the 1970s. He is best known for the chart-topping "Cat's In The Cradle" (1974), a ballad about a father who had neglected his son due to his work while he was growing up and now finds that his grownup son is similarly unable to spend time with him. Other hits include such poignant story songs as "Taxi" (1972), "WOLD" (1974), and "Sequel" (1980).
Harry Chapin's numerous honors and accolades include the Grammy President's Merit Award and the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work. His signature song, "Cat's In The Cradle," was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. His life and career were cut short in 1981 at age 38 after a fatal auto accident.
- The New York Times remembers Harry Chapin.
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- Cat's In The Cradle 1974
(This song topped the charts and later also became a hit for Ugly Kid Joe (1993).)
- Taxi 1972
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