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Harry Chapin

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Harry Chapin : Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

Harry Chapin enjoyed a full creative life before his recording career with Elektra took flight. Immensely talented, as both a writer and filmmaker, he earned an Academy Award nomination in 1968 for Legendary Champions, a documentary film about boxing that he wrote and directed. Chapin was simultaneously working the clubs as the Chapin Brothers (with brothers Tom and Stephen), but by 1971, found his special niche as a writer and performer. He formed a group designed to convey the inner light of his storytelling songs through an unusual line-up: two guitars with bass and cello accompaniment.