Tom Chapin

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Tom Chapin
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Tom Chapin
Born (1945-03-13) March 13, 1945 (age 74)
ChildrenAbigail, Lily

Tom Chapin (born March 13, 1945) is an American musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter, and storyteller.


Chapin is the son of Jim Chapin and the brother of the late Harry Chapin. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School.[1] He attended State University of New York at Plattsburgh and graduated in 1966.[2]

From 1971 to 1976, Chapin hosted Make a Wish, a Sunday-morning TV series broadcast on ABC. He occasionally appears in Harry Chapin tribute concerts (often with brother Steve Chapin). He has appeared in the Broadway production Pump Boys and Dinettes, among others. Chapin has branched in to the storytelling festival circuit and in 2007 was a Featured New Voices Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

He is married to Bonnie Chapin (née Broecker), former wife of film director Wes Craven.[3] His daughters and stepdaughter are musicians, as well (the Chapin Sisters). He is also the fifth cousin of country music singer Mary Chapin Carpenter.


In April 2008, Chapin appeared at the New York State United Teachers' Convention, where he sang his song "Not on the Test" for delegates in support of the importance of arts and music education in the age of No Child Left Behind. This song debuted on NPR's Morning Edition in January 2007. His album with John Forster titled Broadsides: A Miscellany of Musical Opinion is a collection of socially conscious songs written for Morning Edition; Forster was nominated for a Grammy for his work producing Chapin's 1998 album In My Hometown.

Chapin continues support of WhyHunger (formerly World Hunger Year), a nonprofit organization cofounded by his brother Harry Chapin. He sits on their board of directors.[4]


  • 2004 Grammy Award: Best Spoken Word Album For Children, The Train They Call the City of New Orleans[5]
  • 2002 Grammy Award: Best Spoken Word Album For Children, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly[5]
  • 2001 Grammy Award: Best Spoken Word Album For Children, Mama Don't Allow[5]
  • 1997 Kate Wolf Memorial Award (World Folk Music Association)[6]


  • Threads (2017, Sundance Music)
  • 70 (2015, Sundance Music)
  • The Incredible Flexible You (2013, Sundance Music)
  • Give Peas a Chance (2011, Sundance Music)
  • Broadsides with John Forster (2010, CDBY)
  • Let The Bad Times Roll (2009, CDBY)
  • So Nice To Come Home (2008, Sundance Music)
  • The Turning Of The Tide (2006, CDBY)
  • Some Assembly Required (2005, Razor & Tie)
  • Making Good Noise (2003, Gadfly)
  • Great Big Fun for the Very Little One (2001, Music Little People)
  • Common Ground (2001, Gadfly)
  • In My Hometown (1998, Sony)
  • Doing Our Job with John McCutcheon (1997, Rounder Select)
  • Join The Jubilee (1996, Gadfly)
  • This Pretty Planet (1996, Sony)
  • Around the World and Back Again (1996, Sony Wonder)
  • Zag Zig (1994, Sony)
  • Billy the Squid (1992, Sony)
  • Mother Earth (1990, A&M)
  • Moonboat (1989, Sony)
  • Family Tree (1988, A&M)
  • Let Me Back Into Your Life (1986, Flying Fish Records)
  • In The City of Mercy (1982, Sundance Music)
  • Life Is Like That (1976, Sundance Music)



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  2. ^ "Tom Chapin to Perform Concert at Plattsburgh State Oct. 18". State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  3. ^ "Biography for Wes Craven"., Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  4. ^ "WHY's Board of Directors". WhyHunger. Archived from the original on 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  5. ^ a b c "Past Winners: Grammy". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  6. ^ Noble, Richard E. (2009). Number #1 : the story of the original Highwaymen. Denver: Outskirts Press. pp. 265–267. ISBN 9781432738099. OCLC 426388468.
  7. ^ "Blue Water, White Death (1971) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 15 January 2016.

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