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Harry Chapin: A Celebration In Song (Volume I)

by The Chapin Family

Harry Chapin was one of our most passionate, political, prolific and inspiring songwriters. Twenty-five years after his death, his family thought it might be fun to get together, sing some songs, and show you that the legend is a family thing.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Sunday Morning Sunshine
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2. W.O.L.D.
5:21 $0.99
3. Remember When The Music
4:49 $0.99
4. Mail Order Annie
5:36 $0.99
5. Mr. Tanner
6:12 $0.99
6. Intro - Let Me Down Easy
0:43 $0.99
7. Let Me Down Easy
3:05 $0.99
8. Intro - I Wonder What Would Happen
0:36 $0.99
9. I Wonder What Would Happen
3:20 $0.99
10. Intro - Hurry Up Sky
0:18 $0.99
11. Hurry Up Sky
4:40 $0.99
12. Part Of It
3:51 $0.99
13. The Key
5:55 $0.99
14. Intro - 30,000 Pounds Of Bananas
1:11 $0.99
15. 30,000 Pounds Of Bananas
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16. Taxi
7:39 $0.99
17. Jubilation
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Album Notes
3 Generations of the musical CHAPIN FAMILY pay tribute to the beloved Harry Chapin in A Celebration In Song

This live concert recording features some of Harry\'s best known songs and more, and stars...

Tom Chapin, Steve Chapin, Jen Chapin, Jim Chapin,
The Chapin Sisters: Abigail Chapin, Lily Chapin, Jessica Craven,
with Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox, Jon Cobert, Michael Mark,
and members of the original Harry Chapin Band ~
Big John Wallace and Howard Fields
with Ann Kim on cello

Harry Chapin (1942 - 1981) was one of our most passionate, political, prolific and inspiring songwriters. Author and singer of classic songs like “Taxi,” “Mr. Tanner,” “Mail Order Annie” and “W•O•L•D.” A devastating auto accident in 1981 cut Harry’s life short, yet he left behind a body of work that his fans continue to treasure decades after his death. He is also remembered as a great humanitarian: public advocate and educator, fund-raiser, musician, writer, filmmaker, Harry believed in believing. Because of his extraordinary contributions, Harry Chapin was posthumously awarded the Special Congressional Gold Medal in 1987.

Twenty-five years after his death, a few friends, two of whom happen to be his brothers, thought it might be fun to get together, sing some songs, and show you that the legend is a family thing! This CD, recorded live at the IMAC Theatre in Huntington, LI, commemorates an evening full of story, humor and transcendent music, performed by those who knew and loved him best.

Harry Chapin: A Celebration In Song features performances by The Chapin Family, including...

Tom Chapin, 3 time Grammy award winning singer/songwriter who’s been called…
“…one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music” by The New York Times, and
“…the best family artist around” by Billboard Magazine

Steve Chapin, singer/songwriter and Clio award winner and the multitalented producer, director, pianist, and vocalist who arranged and led Harry’s Band.

Jen Chapin, Harry’s daughter, is a New York-based singer-songwriter, “…a remarkable presence onstage.” Her recordings have earned the highest praise from sources as diverse as National Public Radio\'s All Things Considered, People, The Today Show, and Entertainment Weekly. The Boston
Globe called her simply: “addictive.” Jen also serves as Chair of the Board of WHY (World Hunger Year, the hunger organization that Harry Chapin founded in 1975.)

Jim Chapin, father of the Chapin Brothers, jazz drummer and teacher who performed and toured with the Big Bands of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s and authored one of the top drumming books of all time. At the age of 87, Jim still travels around the world presenting his legendary drum seminars.

The Chapin Sisters: Abigail Chapin, Lily Chapin and Jessica Craven, Tom’s daughters have been singing together informally their whole lives, but professionally for just two years. Yet their unique blend of traditional folk harmonies and indie rock moodiness (think Crosby Stills and Nash meets Cat Power) has been winning them an increasing number of fans.

Big John Wallace, Harry’s longtime bassman and sidekick: the high voice in “Taxi” and the low voice in “Mr. Tanner.” John and the Chapins have been making music together since their choir-boy days in 1955. Big John is a cult figure to all serious Harry Chapin fans.

Howard Fields, Harry’s first and only drummer, played on Broadway in Harry’s “The Night That Made America Famous.” He has written more than 20 drum transcription books, and published “The Drum Teacher,” a teaching aid for beginning drummers.

Stephan Crump, jazz acoustic bass whiz and Jamie Fox, a major talent on guitar, Jon Cobert, extraordinary keyboardist and singer, composer of the “Baseball Tonight” theme on ESPN, and Michael Mark, Tom’s longtime bassman and vocalist, the composer of TV’s “Entertainment Tonight” theme.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD goes to support Long Island Cares (, one of the anti-hunger agencies founded by Harry in 1980.



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Doug Bennett

No dry eyes, very happy ears!
Thank you, for sharing the music with us CHEAP SEATERS! Chapin music RULES! Jen,Abigail,Lily&Jessica,ASTOUNDING! Thank you, Jim,Tom,Steve,Ann,Howie(Hot Sticks)Fields,& Big John.


Bringing the family home
I've been to many of Harry's concerts, and I've been to the Chapin family celebration of Harry's life and music. It was a fabulous show. Now I can say I've brought it home. This music is on my Ipod, and goes wherever I go. Thank you to the Chapin family!! The one song I missed however, was Circle??


Brought back Memories!
Great set - pretty much the same as the live version I heard 2 years ago in Falls Church, VA. My only complaint -and the only thing keeping this from a 5 star rating is leaving off how Harry always finished his concerts - that being the singing of "All my life's a circle..." Jubilation is a great song, but takes second place. Otherwise, a very good album and it's great to see the influence that is carried on by Harry's daughter and nieces.

Linda Lungren

Great tribute to Harry and his music!!!
I was a fan of Harry's and had a chance to meet him socially with mutual friends in Boston several times (Peachy & Billy). It is great the family has revived his classics and offered them in this fabulous CD to keep his message, insights, and humor alive.

Stan Fischer

"Celebration" is exactly what it is!
We saw the Chapin Family in Princeton a couple of years ago and this CD captured the music and fun of the event beautifully. My favorites were the Chapin Sisters singing "Remember..." (it gave me goose bumps) and "Let Me Down Easy" which I had never heard before (Harry wrote Doo Wop?).
Can't wait to see the Family again.


This is a MUST HAVE!
We had the pleasure of seeing the Chapin Family in concert at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, and bought this CD afterwards. Every song is beautiful and they bring back the memories from the early days of Harry Chapin's career. This truly is a must have for any collection. Do not hesitate to order it, you will be glad you did-Totally Awesome Music!

John Dalkin

Great Memories
I saw Harry in concert ( and chatted afterwards !)several times when he came to the UK and have everything he ever recorded ( I think ) so I was pleased to add this to my collection. As others have said it is a bittersweet occassion as it makes me so sad that Harry died so long ago, as I still love his music.
This family concert brings back the warmth and fun Harry used to bring to a live show.

Mike Tocci

Harry Chapin - The Chapin Family Volume I
This is a true treasure to Harry Chapin fans as well as fans of music in general. It includes Harry's musical family (brother Tom and Steve, father - FAMOUS drummer Jim Chapin, daughter Jen and nieces) as well as his original drummer Howie "Cold Sticks" Fields and Big John Wallace. Great rock/folk music that really stands the test of time defines the music of Harry Chapin. This 21st century performance of songs written by a man now 26 years gone makes this listener feel more alive than he has since he first discovered Harry's music.
BUY THIS ALBUM, you will think as you tap your feet and you'll smile as you laugh along with the jovial performers. This would be what Harry's shows would be like if he were still alive and just got sick for one night, so the others did teir parts while Tom, Steve and others fill in the vocals. Funny, Rocking and Touching!!!
"When in doubt, do something" - Harry Chapin

Nance Welch

Like being there!
I loved Harry's I love the family's concerts. I go whenever I can. I still listen to Harry ALL the time! And I miss him all the time too. I feel sorry for all the people who never knew amazing man. We need a video of this!


Dave Klein

CD Baby quickly delivered this much anticipated Harry Chapin family music CD and it is a memorable collection of music worth many times the price. Audio quality was very good for a live performance. May Harry's songs and words never be forgotten!
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