Celebrating Harry’s 75th!


A daylong event.  Dozens of family, friends and fans.  All celebrating what would have been Harry’s 75th birthday on December 7, 2017.

And we captured it live on Facebook Live video.  Tune in and watch the replay!

So fun to hear so many people lovin on Harry!

Vicki S.

Harry Chapin has been my hero since the age of 5 — my family’s favorite folksinger. Thank you for this live stream!

Harry O.
EditorCelebrating Harry’s 75th!


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  • Dennis W. Hoskins - December 7, 2018 reply

    I’m still listening to Harry after all these years.Dennis in Mr. Tanner’s hometown.
    45424…….76 years.

  • Rob Rose - December 28, 2018 reply

    Still a fan. Always think of charities that provide food…because as Harry said at his concerts, “no reason anyone should be without food…especially in our country.”

    (contributing to the foundation right now)

    Editor - December 28, 2018 reply

    Thanks, Rob. Harry keeps strumming in all of our hearts! Keep the change…

    Deb McGrath - December 8, 2019 reply

    Harry Chapin is my all time favorite artist ever. His songs are filled with such emotion and knowledge of the way life should be. Pulls my heartstrings every time!

    Editor - December 8, 2019 reply

    Thanks for stopping by the site… we agree 100% with your note! Keep the change :>)

  • Reed Schulke - February 27, 2019 reply

    I once was able to work with Harry backstage in Cedar Rapids IA at the Paramount theater. It was near his birthday because we had a LARGE circular cake with all the words of Circle on it. As Harry cut the cake and raised it to put it on my plate I knocked it off, right onto his lap. He was more than gracious about it. The two background singers (I believe they were brothers) he had that evening I later saw singing background for a David Bowie concert in Chicago. Still get misty eyed every time I hear the song Taxi.

    Editor - February 27, 2019 reply

    What a wonderful story! I wish we had a photo of the cake… sounds spectacular. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephen Shilman - June 28, 2019 reply

    I’m one of the lucky people that got to spend a day with Harry as his “go-for” assistant at Catonsville Community College. I just turned 75 on June 10th & I still perform his music on guitar & sing at a senior center & open mic nights here in Finland. His good works & legacy will never be forgotten!

    Editor - June 28, 2019 reply

    Hi Stephen,

    Thank you for your wonderful note. We love hearing stories how Harry impacted people all over the world! Sounds like Harry song in the making about traveling from Catonsville to Finland!

    Keep the change,

    Harry Chapin Foundation Website Editor

    Patricia Ehrich - July 12, 2019 reply

    I was also lucky enough to see Harry in concert several times and even ran into him in Washington, D.C. , while he was there lobbying for the commission on world hunger with then President Jimmy Carter. I wrote him a fan letter and
    , much to my surprise and delight, received a very gracious reply sometime later. He will always be my hero and my role model. I miss him so terribly!

  • Jen - September 17, 2019 reply

    I was only 2 yrs old when he passed away. My parents raised me listening to his music. I danced with my father to his music at my wedding and named my daughter Corey cause she sounded like such an awesome
    Person. Thanks Harry.

    Editor - September 18, 2019 reply

    Hi Jen, thanks for sharing your beautiful story. Say hi to Corey from all of us here at the Chapin crew! And for continuing to hand down Harry’s story to the next generation.

    Keep the change,

    Harry Chapin Foundation Website Editor

  • Holly A. - December 20, 2019 reply

    Harry passed away before I was born but I feel I know him through his stories. His stories and the characters that are in them- have helped to shape my life and how I interpret the world. I am so grateful to have grown up on his music from a very young age. He memory lives on in my heart and many others.

    Editor - February 4, 2020 reply

    Hello Holly, sorry for the really, really, really long delay in responding to your note. Somehow it slipped through during the holidays. Thank you so much for your comments. We hear from new generations of Harry fans like you all of the time. Goes to show Harry has never really left us… he’s right there in our hearts like you said. Take care… and keep the change.

  • Phil E - January 23, 2020 reply

    I was fortunate to see Harry on three occasion in the UK, and still him running off to foyer, ran back with a beaming smile to say this was his first sell out concert in the UK., Harry still has strong following in the UK

    Editor - February 4, 2020 reply

    Harry loved going to the U.K. thanks to the wonderful fans like you. Thanks for stopping by!

  • John Bell - February 4, 2020 reply

    I’m Australian age 73. Harry was magnificent Taxi and Cats in the Cradle nailed life and it’s reality. I always felt that Harry understood. And had a good heart. When I learned of his charity I knew it. Wish I could have met him and his wife. I think we would have been good friends. Mates cobbers. Rest in peace mate

    Editor - February 4, 2020 reply

    Hello and thanks for your kind note. We know Harry would have loved to have met you! Our hearts go out to Australia… we hope all the devastating fires end soon. Peace.

  • Dianne - May 27, 2020 reply

    Hi, my husband a huge Harry fan. We are currently camping southwest WA Australia, lots of reminiscing and of course listening to Harry. Love and happy memories Peter & Di xx

    Editor - May 28, 2020 reply

    Hi Dix and Peter, thanks for the kind thoughts! It’s always amazing to hear where Harry may show up!

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