Harry Chapin One Of The Greatest Men On Earth
"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."
One Of The Greatest Men On Earth
by Mark R. Elsis
Harry Chapin Music
This site has been re-created by Harry Chapin's family to celebrate his 30 year legacy, what he wrote, what he sang, and what he accomplished.
We are sharing Harry's "Story of a Life" through photos, music, stories, poems, and his commitment to "A Better Place to Be."
Harry's stories are resonating now through the generations. His music continues to touch people and make a difference in their lives.
We honor Harry's "do something" spirit by featuring many of the non-profit organizations that he started like The Harry Chapin Foundation, Why Hunger, Long Island Cares, among others, and the important work they are doing.
We will continue to bring new stories, music, and products to the site.
More On Harry
Harry Chapin was born in 1942 into a family of artists in Greenwich Village of New York City. His paternal grandfather, James Chapin, was an important portrait and muralist painter in the mid-20th Century. His maternal grandfather, Kenneth Burke, was a renowned philosopher and literary critic.
His father, Jim Chapin, was a well-known jazz drummer who played with Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman. His uncle, Richard Leacock, was the famed cinema verite filmmaker, for whom Harry worked before making his 1968 Oscar nominated film Legendary Champions.
Harry Chapin was an American Troubadour.
All of these influences can be found in his urban folk, miniature movie story songs of blue collar Americans. And the influences can be felt in the diversity of his interests:
A series of documentary films:
12 albums over 10 years
Three Broadway shows
An Emmy Award winning children's TV series, Make A Wish
Film score for Mother and Daughter, the Loving War, a TV movie
And Oscar, Grammy, Peabody, Emmy and Tony nominations and awards.
The Harry Chapin Foundation
WhyHunger (formerly World Hunger Year)
WhyHunger was founded in 1975 by the late musician Harry Chapin and Radio DJ Bill Ayres on the fundamental belief that access to nutritious food is a human right and hunger is a solvable problem in a world of abundance. What began as a simple commitment between two friends to make a difference has grown into a global non-profit, celebrating 40 years of steadfast support in building a broad-base social movement led by the grassroots to change the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world.
Long Island Cares
Founded by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of our ability, provides for the humanitarian needs of our community. Our goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. Our vision is "A Hunger Free Long Island".
Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida was opened in 1983.
"Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible,
and truly it seems that we are never so alive
as when we concern ourselves with other people."
Harry Chapin Memorial Run and Walk Against Hunger
Harry Chapin (45 Videos)
Playlist by Mark R. Elsis
A Better Place To Be
by Harry Chapin
Tangled Up Puppet
by Harry Chapin
All My Life's A Circle
by Harry Chapin
How Harry Died
"We all have the potential to move the world,
and the world is ready to be moved."
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