Tom Chapin

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Thomas Forbes Chapin (March 13, 1945-) is a musician, singer, songwriter, TV host, and most recently a storyteller. He is best known for his children's music, but is also an accomplished folk singer. Tom is the son of drummer Jim Chapin and Elspeth Burke Chapin. Tom is the brother of Harry Chapin, Steve Chapin, and James Chapin

Tom married Bonnie Craven in 1976. They have two daughters: Abigail and Lily and one stepdaughter, Jessica Craven, daughter of Wes Craven. The three sisters perform as The Chapin Sisters.

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Career

Music Career

Tom Chapin started performing in the late 1950's in a band with brothers Harry and Steve. They later cut a folk album as the Chapin Brothers in 1966.

Also in the 1970's Tom continued his folk/pop music career forming a band with brother Steve, and sometimes appearing with or opening for Harry. He released his first solo album in 1976, Life is Like That.

In 1988, Tom released his first children's album in response to what he saw as a lack of good music appropriate for preteen kids, such as his own daughters. This album launched a successful career including multiple Grammy nominations.

Tom continues to perform both solo gigs and with his band, whose current members include Michael Mark, Jon Cobert, and occasional other friends. He can also be seen performing in The Chapin Family concerts.

He released his 20th solo recording in 2009.

TV Career

In 1971, Tom auditioned for and and won the job of hosting Make a Wish. The Peabody and Emmy awarding-winning show ran for five years on ABC TV on Sunday mornings. Brother Harry wrote many of the short songs for the show.

From 1985 to 1988 he narrated National Geographic Explorer. Some of those segment have been released on VHS at the time.

Discography

Solo Albums (Adult/Folk)

Year Album Category Label Format(s) Additional information
1976 Life is Like That Studio Fantasy, Sundance Music LP,CD, cassette
1982 In the City of Mercy Studio Gadfly LP,CD
1986 Let Me Back Into Your Life Studio Gadfly LP,CD,cassette
1994 So Nice to Come Home Studio CD
1996 Join the Jubilee Live Gadfly CD with Friends
1997 Doing Our Job Studio Rounder CD, cassette with John McCutcheon
2001 Common Ground Studio Gadfly CD
2006 Turning of the Tide Studio CD
2009 Let the Bad Times Roll Studio CD

Albums (Childrens/Kids)

Year Album Category Label Format(s) Additional information
1988 Family Tree Studio Gadlfy CD, cassette
1989 Moonboat Studio Sony Wonder CD, cassette
1990 Mother Earth Studio Gadfly CD, cassette
1992 Billy the Squid Studio Gadfly CD, cassette
1994 Zag Zig Studio Sony Wonder CD
1995 Just for Kids Compilation Sony Music Special Products CD
1996 Around the World and Back Again Studio Sony Kids Music CD
1996 Come Travel With Me Compilation Sony Wonder cassette Promotional
1998 In My Hometown Studio Sony Wonder CD, cassette
2000 This Pretty Planet Studio Sony Wonder CD, cassette
2001 Great Big Fun for the Very Little One Compilation Sony Wonder CD
2003 Making Good Noise Studio Sony Wonder CD
2005 Some Assembly Required Studio Razor and Tie CD

Compilations

Year Songs Album Label Format(s) Additional information
1992 Family Tree Rainbow Sign Rounder Records CD
1993 Someone's Gonna Use It Put On Your Green Shoes Sony Kid's Music CD
1995 The Backward Birthday Party Radio AAHS - April 1995 No. 2 - The Sound of Music and Fun Children's Broadcasting Corporation CD
1998 Cat's in the Cradle Family Album Gadfly CD, cassette from Join the Jubilee
1998 Doing His Job Diamond Cuts: Turning Two Gadfly CD with John McCutcheon
1998 Music Made by Hand Coming Home: A Winfield Celebration CD from Winfield Valley Festival [1]
2001 Family Tree Celebration of Family WEA Music for Little People CD
2003 Autoharp-O-Holic Autoharp Legacy CD with John McCutcheon[2]
2004 Please Is a Pleasant Expression CD Cellabration! A Tribute to Ella Jenkins Smithsonian Folkways Recordings CD
2004 Flowers Are Red No Child Left Behind?: Bring Back the Joy WEA Music For Little People CD
2005 Big Rock Candy Mountain 20 Great Kid Songs: MFLPs 20th Anniversary Collection WEA Music For Little People CD
2005 Together, Tomorrow Lullaby WEA Music For Little People CD with Judy Collins
2006 Puppy in the Pound Kids Plus Razor and Tie Direct CD 5 track EP Wal-Mart Exclusive
2009 At the End of the Day As Long As I Am Here CD The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Benefit

Singles

Year Songs Label Format(s) Additional information
1973 Grizzly Bear/Foggy Mountain Breakdown Thimble Records Vinyl 7" As a member of Mt. Airy
1976 Just Another Story Fantasy Vinyl 7" F-788
1982 All My Life's a (Circle) Spector Records International Vinyl 7" Promo
1982 Jeannie Spector Records International Vinyl 7" SRI-B00020
unknown Shoveling CD Promo

Covers

Year Songs Album Artist Additional information
2002 This Pretty Planet Rounds Galore and More Vol II Rounds Galore and More by John Forster
2004 Remember Somebody Still Loves You 7 Songs in Progress The Chapin Sisters
2004 Saturday Morning 7 Songs in Progress The Chapin Sisters
2004 Sorrow Takes a Bow 7 Songs in Progress The Chapin Sisters
2004 Just Another Story 7 Songs in Progress The Chapin Sisters
2004 Number One 7 Songs in Progress The Chapin Sisters
2004 Remember The Chapin Sisters Sing the Chapin Brothers The Chapin Sisters
2004 Sorrow Takes a Bow The Chapin Sisters Sing the Chapin Brothers The Chapin Sisters
2004 Saturday Morning The Chapin Sisters Sing the Chapin Brothers The Chapin Sisters
2004 Ladies of the Line The Chapin Sisters Sing the Chapin Brothers The Chapin Sisters
2004 When You Let Your Baby Down The Chapin Sisters Sing the Chapin Brothers The Chapin Sisters
2004 Just Another Story The Chapin Sisters Sing the Chapin Brothers The Chapin Sisters

Videos

Year Title Credit/Role Label Format(s) Additional information
1980's Cotton Patch Gospel Director VHS, DVD
1992 This Pretty Planet: Tom Chapin Live in Concert VHS with Jon Cobert and Michael Mark
1992 Beginning Guitar with Tom Chapin Performer VHS
1994 National Geographic's GeoKids: Bear Cubs, Baby Ducks, and Kooky Kookaburras Actor National Geographic Video VHS
1996 Meet the Mentor: Tom Chapin Performer Scholastic VHS 8 minute educational video
1997 National Geographic's Rain Forest Actor National Geographic Video VHS
2000 National Geographic's The Explorers: A Century of Discovery Actor National Geographic Video VHS
2004 Manchurian Candidate Actor DVD brief appearance
2007 Blue Water, White Death Composer (uncredited) DVD Tom sings an early version of Harry's Someone Keeps Calling My Name

Collaborations

Year Title Credit/Role Label Format(s) Additional information
1966 Chapin Music! Performer Rock-Land Records LP As part of The Chapin Brothers
1973 Mt. Airy Guitar, vocals Thimble Records LP As part of the band Mt. Airy
1980's Hugga Bunch a Day Full of Hugs Performer, songwriter Parker Brothers LP
1998 Brother for Sale Acoustic guitar, banjo,songwriter WEA DualStar Records CD wrote one song Uh-Oh Accident
2005 The Chapin Family Christmas Collection: Volume II Performer Roseville Records CD as part of The Chapin Family
2006 Harry Chapin: A Celebration in Song: Volume I Performer Sundance Music CD as part of The Chapin Family

Book Narrations

Year Title Credit/Role Publisher Format(s) Additional information
1989 Tassel's Mission Narrator Soundprints Corporation Book with Audio Tape The Smithsonian Wild Heritage Collection
1993 Ruffle Coo & Hoo Doo Narrator Berghahn Books Book with Audio Tape
1993 Jasmine Narrator Benefactory Book with Audio Tape for The Humane Society of the US, author is Randy Houk
1997 Chessie, Glacier Grizzly Narrator Benefactory Book with Audio Tape for The Humane Society of the US, author is Randy Houk
1997 Bear Chocolate, a Glacier Grizzly Narrator Benefactory Book with Audio Tape for The Humane Society of the US
1997 Ceasar on Deat Ears Narrator Benefactory Book with Audio Tape for The Humane Society of the US, Author is Loren Spiotta-Dimare
1997 Scamp's New Home Narrator Soundprints Audio Tape author is Joey Elliott
1998 Rico's Hawk: A Green Chimneys Tale Narrator Benefactory Book with Audio Tape for The Humane Society of the US, author is Randy Houk
2004 Thanks & Giving: All Year Long Contributor Simon & Schuster Book for St. Jude Research Hospital
2004 The Train They Call the City of New Orleans Narrator Audio Book
2006 The Fox Went out on a Chilly Night Narrator Live Oak Media PB and audio CD

Other Credits

Harry Chapin credits

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