Harry Chapin

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1991 (The 1992 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Cat's In The Cradle (1974)

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Will Harry Chapin be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


15 comments so far (post your own)

This incredible person was not only a great musician, songwriter, but also an incredible humanitarian who did amazing charitable work for hunger and poverty. His life was cut short but his music and those works live on. He deserves consideration.

Posted by JasonP on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 09:31am

In 1972 Harry Chapin signed a deal with Elektra Records that was a first in the music business. The deal stated that he receive free studio time, FREE STUDIO TIME!!

This contract set a precedent for other musicians.

No one had ever done that before.

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 07.25.08 @ 23:01pm

Harry Chapin, in my opinion is the greatest song writer and story teller of all time. I have probably seen him live a dozen times or so in high school and college. I sat everywhere from the "cheap seats" to front row center stage. I took a lot of first dates to his concerts and bought the world hunger t-shirts. As you know he was the innovator of "World Hunger Awareness" and as a musician, philanthropist, and human being he was unequalled and light years ahead of his time. He would have been embarrassed by all the accolades he has received over the past 25 years. But he deserves them all and he deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Posted by TPage on Thursday, 08.14.08 @ 13:26pm

an incredible humanitarian who did amazing charitable work for hunger and poverty
Posted by JasonP on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 09:31am

Amen,I used too listen to WNEW FM 102.7 when i was growing up in N.Y. and Harry started the on-air Hungethon there.
It continues to this day on 104.3 FM
RRHOF 4 Harry

Posted by Gary James CA on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 13:44pm

Typo "Hungerthon"

Posted by Gary James CA on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 13:46pm

I have seen Harry in concert a number of times, and every time was a good time. He played a solo concert for World Hunger one summer at a place called Rocky Glen Park a local park that has been closed for many years now in a small town in North East PA. I was at that concert with a good friend. We were just teenagers at that time that played guitar, had a band and like to play music. The concert was sponsored by a local radio station. Before the concert started the DJ at the event announced that for a $50.00 contribution to World Hunger they would allow up to 3 people to ride back to N.Y from PA in the van with Harry Chapin and spend the night at his home before retuning home to PA the next day. Well my friend and I both did that and did get to ride back to NY with Harry and spend the night in Harry Chapinís home. In the morning his wife was home, I wandered around like I owned the place and it was truly a time I will never forget. I can not imagine any famous person allowing or doing that today.

Posted by Joe Farro on Saturday, 02.20.10 @ 09:03am

I love Harry Chapin - Taxi is a landmark song and he is the ultimate singer-songwriter. When I saw him the first time I had to go to the bathroom and the only way to the john was down the steps to the front row 10 feet from where he was sitting(it was a college basketball stadium), and he STOPPED PLAYING to ask me where I was going. Total dedication to his fans and his causes. Did more behind the scenes than anyone besides Bob Geldof and Bono, before Live Aid, etc.

Posted by Steve on Thursday, 05.27.10 @ 16:04pm

Some people always confuse Cat Stevens with Harry Chapin's Cat's In The Cradle because his name is Cat. Cat Stevens did not sing Cat's In The Cradle.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.23.11 @ 19:16pm

The logic which goes into the Hall of Fame is a mystery to me. So many deserving artists wait years and years on the "stand-by" list and never get nominated. Makes one wonder if the whole process isn't rigged and completely biased. Meanwhile minor bands that haven't been consistently together as long or recording and touring as long or have been as prolific as some, seem get in. I mean Guns-N-Roses BEFORE Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin? Seriously? Where's Todd Rundgren on this list? Jim Croce should of been inducted decades ago. Some they have listed only had one hit and dissappeared! This is insanity people!

Posted by Michael Jacques on Sunday, 10.21.12 @ 23:51pm

2nd best of the early 70s not in


Posted by jim lively on Friday, 02.21.14 @ 18:26pm

Chapin's "Story Song" style of long, expressive, narrative song writing was extremely unique, no one copied it as well as he did it, although other artists such as Bily Joel & Bruce Springsteen among others have done famous compositions in similar style (influenced others anyone ???). More over he consistently used his celebrity status to raise awareness for a variety of causes, mostly linked to poverty and hunger. He actively studied the socio-economic causes in various countries, even worked with Congress on The Presidential Commission On World Hunger, all the while performing 250 shows per year and releasing 11 full length albums (thee of them doubles) during an 9 year run, absolutely prolific. His ability to evoke emotions and sentiments, often about unusual or "taboo" subjects in popular music was superior to almost anyone else on the main stage of pop music. He took on subjects such as back alley abortions, convicts in Vietnam, depression and mental illness, and society's reluctance to involve itself in serious social ills just as easily as he crafted tunes about raising teen age girls, our outdated education system, absentee fathers, or ill fated truck drivers with cargo loads of bananas. The versatility of his sublect matter was as astounding as he carefully crafted lyrics.

Posted by Tom Leonard on Monday, 10.13.14 @ 20:24pm

Cats in the cradle
And the silver spoon
I'm going to punch Harry Chapin
To the moon.

Posted by gfw on Sunday, 10.19.14 @ 10:27am

The Cat's In The Cradle is not by Cat Stevens, it's by Harry Chapin.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.15.15 @ 08:37am

Was given a ticket to see him in concert in Green Bay, I was more interested that I got a free ticket than seeing him but, his show was amazing! I was blown away by his kindness and pesronable approach in his show. You couldn't help but feel you just sat down with him in his living room and you were one of his best friends. Very humble, genuine man.

Posted by Steve on Saturday, 02.6.16 @ 14:59pm

Harry Chapin was the most amazing concert performer I have ever had the pleasure of observing. His story songs were emotionally evocative, beautifully composed, and wonderfully sung. We will never see his like again.

Posted by Felix Vincenz on Sunday, 01.1.17 @ 23:03pm

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