Today is the birth anniversary of Harry Chapin, who was born in Manhattan, but raised from age ten in Brooklyn Heights (Hicks Street) and began his music education in the Grace Church youth choir along with Chicago’s Robert Lamm. The Brooklyn Eagle remembers him in today’s edition.
Chapin’s legacy is not only his music, but the annual Hungerthon which raises money each year to help feed the needy in America. I had the honor of working with the organization during my tenure at WXRK radio back in the 90s. They’re good folks who do great work.
For people of a certain age, Harry’s appearance on the Mike Douglas Show in the mid-70s sticks in our minds not for the brilliant performance of his “Cats in the Cradle” but for the bizarre reaction it received from child star/co-host Mason Reese.