Harry Chapin was a singer songwriter that achieved international fame in the 1970s with his poignant folk-rock songs often detailing the dark challenges that people face as they move through life.
His breakthrough hit was a song title Taxi which told the story of a cab driver lamenting his failed attempt to be a pilot.
Chapin was a dedicated humanitarian who performed more than half of his concerts for charity. He was an active force behind the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian efforts in 1987.
Our song today is his only #1 hit record, Cat’s in the Cradle, a tale of a man who dedicated his life to his work at the expense of his personal life. It was a sad warning to us all to remember what is profoundly important in our lives as the time goes by so quickly. Chapin's recording of the song was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Harry Chapin died in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway in 1981 on his way to perform a free benefit concert. He was 38 years old.
It is hard to listen to today’s song Cat’s in the Cradle without getting at least a little melancholy. In some ways it like holding a mirror up to yourself. Harry put it into simple words.