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July 16 31 Years Ago......

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by BNWriter, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. BNWriter

    BNWriter Active Member

    Singer/Songwriter Harry Chapin died in an auto accident. It would have been interesting to see what gems he might have come up with with the mind that gave us "Cat's In The Cradle," "Sniper," "WOLD," and "Taxi."*

    *Some of my favorites -- Relate EXTREMELY to "Cat's In The Cradle" and "WOLD".

    Saw him in HS locally and loved it.
  2. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Re: July 16 30 Years Ago......

    Not to mention 30,000 Pounds of Bananas.
  3. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    Re: July 16 30 Years Ago......

    I still remember when they announced it over the loudspeaker in my summer camp. He was a smart songwriter and by all accounts the real deal in terms of his charity efforts.
  4. young-gun11

    young-gun11 Member

    Re: July 16 30 Years Ago......

    That's where I was going.
  5. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Re: July 16 30 Years Ago......

    He died in 1981, so it was 31 years.
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: July 16 30 Years Ago......

    Saw him when I was in college. Plane got delayed, show started about three hours late and he played for three hours. Great stuff. Taxi is a classic.
  7. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Re: July 16 30 Years Ago......

    To Scranton, Pa.?
  8. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Re: July 16 30 Years Ago......

    I remember being knocked over by the news and (in the era long before cell phones) calling my brother who was vacationing at a lake. He had the good fortune to have seen Harry live while I only know the records and videos.

    Also, don't forget Harry performed the opening theme song for the four episodes of the series Ball Four.
  9. BNWriter

    BNWriter Active Member

    Steak, I have days where I feel like I am a year behind. This must be one of those days. Or perhaps, I was just misty thinking of Harry. Thanks for the catch.
  10. X-Hack

    X-Hack Active Member

    31 years ago? I was 11 and was probably at MSU baseball camp that week. Was unfamiliar with Harry Chapin. A few years later, however, it would have felt like a big loss. I always thought he'd died in the 70s.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I knew who Harry Chapin was from the charts and he was poised for a huge singer-songwriter resurgence when he died. Could've gone head-to-head with Billy Joel for another decade.
  12. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I post this video for two reasons:

    1. The singer in this song is kind of a poor man's Harry Chapin.

    2. The song is about Harry ... and many others.

    BTW, Darryl Purpose was at one time considered the best blackjack player in the world and part of a team that was banned from casinos worldwide.
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