Singer and Songwriter
Who was Harry Chapin?
Harry Chapin was a singer and songwriter who is probably best remembered for his hit song Cat’s in the Cradle which hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1975, and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.
Harry Chapin died tragically in 1981 when he had a heart attack while driving on the Long Island Expressway. Harry Chapin was very dedicated to fighting world hunger and helped in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger for which he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Harry Chapin is a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers John Howland and John Tilley. He also has kinship to a number of signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. These include, but are not limited to, Robert Treat Paine, Nathaniel Gorham and Josiah Bartlett. Other historical figures in Harry Chapin’s family tree include Boston Tea Party participant Edmund Sears, cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, cowboy hat inventor John Batterson Stetson, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, abolitionist John Brown, and Revolutionary War heroes Ethan Allen and Nathan Hale.
Harry Chapin has a number of Presidential kin including Grover Cleveland, Franklin Pierce, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, and both Presidents Bush. Royal kin include King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Diana. Fellow celebrities in Harry Chapin’s family tree include Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” actor John Lithgow, actor Humphrey Bogart, actor Christopher Lloyd, TV personality Kim Kardashian, actress Lucille Ball, actor Kevin Bacon and many others.
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