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The Day that Harry Chapin’s live music ended – July 16, 1981 – the world loses….

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harry-chapin-148x150It really doesn’t seem like it’s been 33 years since Harry Chapin left us, actually it seems  longer! Yes it seems that forever ago Harry was crying out the need to end hunger, in both America and the world. I wish he could have been around n the last few years because I’m sure he would have been outraged at the Republicans cuts to Food Stamps and all their other machinations against the poor in America!! I can see him now providing testimony before Congress and working with the President. Oh, what could have been!!

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Harry Chapin, singer-songwriter and humanitarian!

Harry’s epitaph is from his song “I Wonder What Would Happen to this World.” It is:

Oh if a man tried To take his time on Earth And prove before he died What one man’s life could be worth I wonder what would happen to this world

Harry Chapin – Singer-Songwriter and Storyteller – Born December 7, 1942…..

Today we celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the birth of Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942) unfortunately as we all know (well at least us boomers) Harry only lived to celebrate 38 of them. His life was cut short on that day in July of 1981. But let’s not dwell on how we wished things could have been, rather let’s celebrate the music that we loved and remember. From the release of his first album Heads & Tales  released in 1972,on Elektra,.an album that brought us “Harry the taxi driver and his ex-love Sue to Sequel  his final release before for his death, that completed the “circle” and reunited the two! Let’s remember all those characters from a sniper, the morning DJ at W*O*L*D, Mr Tanner the cleaner and would be singer, the midnight night watchman at Miller’s Tool and Die, and of course Mail Order Annie. Some background on Harry’s early life from Wikipedia :

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This Day in Music – December 7, 1941 – Happy Birthday, Harry Chapin!!

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Harry ChapinHarry’s epitaph is from his song “I Wonder What Would Happen to this World.” It is:

Oh if a man tried To take his time on Earth And prove before he died What one man’s life could be worth I wonder what would happen to this world

Today we celebrate the 71st anniversary of the birth of Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942) unfortunately as we all know (well at least us boomers) Harry only lived to celebrate 38 of them. His life was cut short on that day in July of 1981. But let’s not dwell on how we wished things could have been, rather let’s celebrate the music that we loved and remember. From the release of his first album Heads & Tales  released in 1972,on Elektra,.an album that brought us “Harry the taxi driver and his ex-love Sue to Sequel  his final release before for his death, that completed the “circle” and reunited the two! Let’s remember all those characters from a sniper, the morning DJ at W*O*L*D, Mr Tanner the cleaner and would be singer, the midnight night watchman at Miller’s Tool and Die, and of course Mail Order Annie. Some background on Harry’s early life from Wikipedia :

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Today in Music – 1981 – The World Loses – Harry Chapin

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Harry ChapinSo on Thursday, July 16, 1981, just after noon Harry Chapin driving without a license, which had been revoked for many traffic violations, Harry….

……was driving in the left lane on the Long Island Expressway at about 65 mph on the way to perform at a free concert scheduled for later that evening at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York. Near exit 40 in Jericho he put on his emergency flashers, presumably because of either a mechanical or medical problem (possibly a heart attack). He then slowed to about 15 miles (24 km) per hour and veered into the center lane, nearly colliding with another car. He swerved left, then to the right again, ending up directly in the path of a tractor-trailer truck. The truck could not brake in time and rammed the rear of Chapin’s blue 1975 Volkswagen Rabbit, rupturing the fuel tank as it climbed up and over the back of the car, causing it to burst into flames.

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Today in Music – Happy Birthday – Harry Chapin – We still miss you!

 At first I did not think it could be you.
But you’re the only one that got off the train.
So you must be my wife Miss Annie Halsey
Yes, I guess I am your husband, Hello I’m Harry Crane.

Mail Order Annie, never mind your crying.
Your tears are sweet rain in my empty life.
Mail Order Annie, can’t you see I’m trying
To tell you that I’m glad you’re here,
You are the woman who’s come to be my wife

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Morning Music – Harry Chapin “Better Place To Be”

So one of my favorite artits of all time was Harry Chapin. My wife and I saw him live too many times to count. To me he was one of the best, hell maybe the best storyteller songwriters! He wrote stories about real people, from Taxi drivers, to snipers, and people who dreamed about being singers, real songs with meaning and depth. This was always on of my favorites………he was taken away from us way too soon!

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Morning Music with Darryl Purpose and Harry Chapin

Ok so, many readers may know that one of the reasons that I love Folk music are the songs about people! Here are two of my favorites. First Darryl Purpose spins us a tale of the bicycle repairman Mr Schwinn. The second is “Corey’s Coming” from the incomparable Harry Chapin. Both songs tug at those heart strings every time I hear to them!Hum let’s think of some others…. Jerry Jeff’ “Stoney”, Michael Smith’s “The Dutchman”. Anyone have a favorite person song??

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Remembering When the Music – Harry Chapin

So it has been awhile since I’ve listened to a Harery Chapin album all the way through. So the other day I pulled the three CDs that Andrew has off the shelf and ripped them and listened to Sniper and Other Love Songs today. I was introduced to Harry’ music by my wife and on one of my visits to her at the University of Georgia we made the trek to Atlanta and saw Harry at the Great Southeast Music Hall. By we I mean me, Kathy and Eliot Kamenitz our driver and photographer! Anyway the Great Southeast Music Hall was a great venue and we had seats pretty close to the stage if I remember and it was a great concert! But I tell you when he did Sniper the emotion that that man put into the song was unbelievable and I was waiting for him to whip out some guns and take us all out! Listening to it again today the song is an amazingly powerful song! Somewhere in all my junk I think that I still have a great picture that Eliot took of Harry!

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