Story of a Life: The Harry Chapin Box

Story of a Life: The Harry Chapin Box

by Harry Chapin



More than most songwriters, Harry Chapin lived his songs. A filmmaker, a taxi driver, a father, an antihunger activist, Chapin brought keen observation to his gift for vivid, touching story songs. This three-disc collection is the first to span Chapin's entire career, from his days with the Chapin Brothers through his '70s chart successes and tragic end in 1981, when a car accident took his life. Rarities like the 1966 Chapin Brothers track "Someone Keeps Calling My Name" stand beside his famous 1974 hit "Cat's in the Cradle" and live tracks, completing a musical portrait of a quintessentially American storyteller. Bound as a 76-page hardcover book, the set includes essays by Chapin's wife and a track-by-track commentary, written by Chapin's son Josh, on the 47 songs therein.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1999
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227587529
catalogNumber: 75875

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Chapin   Primary Artist
Kris Kristofferson   Background Vocals
Dixie Hummingbirds   Vocals
John Tropea   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Sitar
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Cowsills   Background Vocals
Pat Coil   Piano
Don Grolnick   Piano,Harpsichord,Electric Piano
Clair Marlo   Synthesizer
Bob Smith   Hand Clapping
Jim Chapin   Drums
Tim Moore   Piano
Billy Swan   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Victoria   Conga
Tom Chapin   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Dave Armstrong   Harmonica
Ron Bacchiocchi   Synthesizer,Clavinet,Hand Clapping
Ed Bednarski   Clarinet
Gene Bianco   Harp
George Bohannon   Trombone
Tomi Lee Bradley   Background Vocals
Buzz Brauner   Tenor Saxophone,Alto Recorder
David Burgen   Harmonica
Yvonne Cable   Cello
Bobby Carlin   Drums
Barbara Carr   Background Vocals
Sandra Chalmers   Background Vocals
Steve Chapin   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Recorder,Background Vocals
Jon Cobert   Synthesizer,Piano
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Harry DiVito   Trombone
Ron Evanuik   Cello
Chrissy Faith   Background Vocals
Donna Fein   Background Vocals
Cheryl Ferrio   Hand Clapping
Howie Fields   Percussion,Drums,Orchestra Bells
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steve Foreman   Percussion
Jeanne French   Background Vocals
Dennis Frick   Bassoon
Paul Gabriel   Hand Clapping
Steve Gadd   Drums
Grant Geissman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marsh Lynn Goldberg   Background Vocals
Muffy Hendrix   Background Vocals
Neil Jason   Bass,Bass Guitar
Arthur Jenkins   Percussion
Bernie Keising   Background Vocals
Jackie Kelso   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Keyes   Hand Clapping
David Kondziela   Background Vocals
Art Krahulck   Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Joe Lala   Percussion
Bill Lanphier   Bass
Paul Leka   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Clavinet
Mike Lewis   Conductor
Barbara Lindquist   Background Vocals
Guy Lumia   Concert Master
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Theodore Marnel   Background Vocals
Michael Masters   Cello
Craig Mitchell   Background Vocals
Nancy Newman   Background Vocals
Andy Newmark   Drums
Don Payne   Bass
Frank Porto   Accordion
John Quayle   Background Vocals
Kathy Ramos   Background Vocals
Steve Randall   Background Vocals
Donna D. Reilly   Background Vocals
Herbert Rhoad   Vocals
Joe Russell   Vocals
Buddy Salzman   Drums
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Kim Scholes   Cello,Keyboards
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
George Simms   Background Vocals
Ken Smith   Flute,Mandolin,Hand Clapping
Tom Smith   Hand Clapping
Mike Solomon   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Irving Spice   Concert Master
Scott Spray   Hand Clapping
Bob Springer   Percussion,Castanets,Chimes,Conga,Hand Clapping
Lou Volpe   Guitar
Betsy Wager   Background Vocals
Chris Waite   Tambourine
Doug Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Slack Key Guitar
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Harold Keinz   Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo
Tim Scott   Cello
Christopher Von Koschembahr   Choir, Chorus
Todd Mulder   Choir, Chorus
Sue White   Background Vocals
Big John Wallace   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Forbes   Drums
Jeff Gross   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jonathan Craven   Choir, Chorus
Rob White   Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Zizi Roberts   Vocals
M.B. Gordy   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Clair Marlo   Producer
Howard Albert   Producer
Ron Albert   Producer
Ron Bacchiocchi   Engineer
Michael Barry   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Ken Caillat   Engineer
Steve Chapin   String Arrangements
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Engineer
Jim Frank   Engineer
Don Gehman   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Fred Kewley   Arranger,Musical Director
Paul Leka   Arranger,Producer
Mike Lewis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jack Malken   Engineer
David McLees   Producer
Bruce Morgan   Engineer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Keith Walsh   Producer
Hank Medress   Producer
Jerry Newman   Engineer
Peter Fornatale   Producer
Mike Ragogna   Producer
Elizabeth Pavone   Editorial Coordinator
Norma Edwards   Editorial Research
Maria Villar   Art Direction
John James Stewart   Engineer
Big John Wallace   Arranger
Sandy Chapin   Executive Producer
David Vanderheyden   Engineer
Rob White   Illustrations

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