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Harry Forster Chapin Edit Profile

singer , songwriter.

Harry Forster Chapin, American singer, songwriter. award nominee for best feature documentary, Legendary Champions (1st prizes New York and Atlanta film festivals), 1969; award for pub; award B’nai B’rith, 1977, L; award, 1977, Lone Eagle award L; award winning television series for children, 1974.

Background

Chapin, Harry Forster was born on December 7, 1942 in New York City. Son of James Forbes and Elspeth (Burke) Chapin.

Education

Attended United States Air Force Academy. Student Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1960-1964. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Adelphi U., 1978, Dowling College, 1979.

Career

Filmmaker, 1965-1971. Singer, songwriter, 1971-1981. Albums recorded include: Heads & Tails, 1972, Sniper & Other Love Songs, 1972, Short Stories, 1973, Verities & Balderdash, 1974, Portrait Gallery, 1975, Greatest Stories Live, 1976, Road to Kingdom Come, 1976, Dance Band on the Titanic, 1977.

Living Room Suite, 1978, Legends of the Lost and Found, 1979, Sequel, 1980. Composer book and lyrics for plays Night That Made America Famous, Zinger. President Story Songs Inc.

Honorary chairman Suffolk County Hunger Hearings. Trustee Performing Arts Foundation of Long Island, (New York). Founding trustee World Hunger Year.

Member President’s Commision on International, Domestic and World Hunger. Board directors Eglevsky Ballet, since 1979, Long Island Business Association, since 1979. Academy award nominee for best feature documentary, Legendary Champions (1st prizes New York and Atlanta film festivals), 1969.

Grammy nominee for best new artist, 1972, for best male vocal performance, for Cats in the Cradle, 1975. Recipient Rock Music award for public service, 1976, 77, Humanitarian award B’nai B’rith, 1977, Long Island Advertisers Man of Year award, 1977, Lone Eagle award Long Island Public Relations Society, 1978. Named One of 10 Outstanding Young Men, United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1977.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Looking…Seeing, 1975. Composer for Make a Wish, Emmy award winning television series for children, 1974.

Membership

Member President’s Commision on International, Domestic and World Hunger. Member Screen Guild, American Federation television and Radio Artists, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, National Association Recording Arts, Science, American Federation Musicians, Actors Equity.

Connections

Married Sandra Campbell Gaston, November 28, 1968. Children: Jaime, Jono, Jason, Jenny, Josh.

father:
James Forbes Chapin

mother:
Elspeth (Burke) Chapin

spouse:
Sandra Campbell Gaston

children:
Jaime Chapin

Jono Chapin

Jason Chapin

Jenny Chapin

Josh Chapin