Verities & Balderdash

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Verities & Balderdash
Harry Chapin - Verities & Balderdash.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 1974
Recorded1973, Connecticut Recording Studios
Bridgeport, Connecticut
ProducerPaul Leka
Harry Chapin chronology
Short Stories
Verities & Balderdash
Portrait Gallery
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Verities & Balderdash is the fourth studio album by the American singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, released in 1974. (see 1974 in music). "Cat's in the Cradle" was Chapin's highest charting single, finishing at #38 for the year on the 1974 Billboard year-end Hot 100 chart. The follow-up single, "I Wanna Learn a Love Song," charted on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at #44, and Billboard Adult Contemporary at #7. A promotional single, "What Made America Famous?", was released to radio stations as a 45. The album was certified gold on December 17, 1974.[2]

The album was advertised with the slogan: "As only Harry can tell it." [3]

The album was the only work by Chapin to exclusively use professional studio musicians, rather than his touring band, as had been the case in previous projects.

Track listing[edit]


Side one
1."Cat's in the Cradle (Sandy Chapin, Harry Chapin)"3:44
2."I Wanna Learn a Love Song (Harry Chapin)"4:19
3."Shooting Star" (Harry Chapin)"4:02
4."30,000 Pounds of Bananas (Harry Chapin)"5:45
5."She Sings Songs Without Words (Harry Chapin)"3:31


Side two
1."What Made America Famous? (Harry Chapin)"6:53
2."Vacancy (Harry Chapin)"4:00
3."Halfway To Heaven (Harry Chapin)"6:10
4."Six String Orchestra (Harry Chapin)"5:25




  • Ron Bacchiocchi - recording engineer
  • Paul Leka - mixing
  • Fred Kewley - mixing
  • Glen Christensen - art direction
  • Bill Hofman - illustration
  • Ruth Bernal - photography
  • Shiah Grumet - design

Charts and certifications[edit]


Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 4
Canadian Albums Chart 4


Region Certification Sales
United States 2x Platinum 2,500,000
Canada 2x Platinum 200,000


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Verities & Balderdash
  3. ^
  4. ^ Original LP 1974 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records 7E-1012
  5. ^ Original LP 1974 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records 7E-1012