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Chapin with fans singing Taxi at 1976 concert at the University of Illinois

Taxi is a Harry Chapin song released on the Heads and Tales album. Taxi was his first hit and the song that launched his commercial success. Taxi peaked at 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.



Before his successful music career started and he was at a low point in his film editing career, Chapin applied for a New York City taxi drivers permit. He actually never did drive a Taxi. This song also was about a former girlfriend, Clare, not Sue. The characters in this song are also featured in Harry's 1980 song Sequel.

In performances without the band, Harry would frequently bring audience members on stage to sing the high part in Taxi. One such appearance in outside Naples, Italy is described in the Purposely Hoodwinked blog.[1]


First release

Live releases




Various artist anthologies

  • I've Got the Music in Me - The Mellow Seventies (1982) - Columbia House (5 record vinyl box collection)
  • Storytellers - Warner Special Products OP 2512 - vinyl
  • The Best of the King Biscuit Flower Hour (1987) - Canadian import - previously unreleased live recording (3 CD collection, cassette)
  • Singers & Songwriters (1990) - Time-Life/WSP (CD)
  • Troubadours of Folk: Singer- Songwriters of the 70's (1995)- (CD)
  • Listen to the Music: '70s Male Singer-Songwriters (1996) - (CD,cassette)
  • Folk Favorites of the 60's and 70's (1996) - Time-Life (CD, cassette)
  • The Singer and Songwriters Collection: Early 70s (2000) Time-Life WSP (CD)
  • Singers & Songwriters, Vol. 3 (2001) - Sony Music Special Products (CD)
  • A Celebration of American Folk Music (2001) - Reader's Digest//Sony Music Special Products
  • Eazy Rock Ultimate Collection (2006) - Canadian import
  • Forever Changing: The Golden Age Of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (2006) - a 5 CD collection. Elektra also released a limited availability deluxe edition that included a 96 page booklet.

Video performances

Industrial film with audio trailer by Jac Holzman from 1971-1972 Bill Pere November 6, 2009

TV performances


  1. "Have You Ever Met a Bodhisattva? Meet Harry Chapin" Purposely Hoodwinked March 8, 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-28 "A Bodhisattva is one who has attained enlightenment, whose Buddha nature has found peace, but who has renounced Nirvana for the sake of helping others in their journey to liberation from suffering...Meet Harry Chapin, singer, songwriter, and in my world Bodhisattva." 
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