"Harry Chapin" (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer and songwriter. He originally intended to be a documentary film-maker, and directed ''Legendary Champions'' in 1968, which was nominated for a documentary Academy Award. In 1971, he decided to focus on music. With Big John Wallace, Tim Scott and Ron Palmer, Chapin started playing in various local nightclubs in New York City.
Chapin's debut album was ''Heads and Tales'' (1972), which was a success thanks to the single "Taxi." His follow-up album, ''Sniper and Other Love Songs'', was less successful, but his third, ''Short Stories'', was a major success. ''Verities & Balderdash'', released soon after, was even more successful, bolstered by the chart-topping hit single "Cat's in the Cradle" (co-written by his wife). He also wrote and performed a Broadway musical, ''The Night That Made America Famous''.
In the mid 1970s, Chapin focused on his social activism, including raising money to combat hunger in the United States and co-founding the organization World Hunger Year, before returning to music with ''On the Road to Kingdom Come''. He also released a book of poetry, Looking...Seeing, in 1977.