Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin (born 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning American musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter and storyteller. He is known for his children's music, intended for the age group that is too old for Sesame Street but too young for pop music. However, he also writes and performs for adults.

Chapin attended State University of New York at Plattsburgh and graduated in 1966.[1] From 1971-1976, he hosted a TV show called Make a Wish. He is the son of Jim Chapin and the brother of Harry Chapin, and 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. He is married to Bonnie Chapin; his daughters and stepdaughter are musicians as well (the Chapin Sisters). Chapin has recently branched in to the storytelling festival circuit and in 2007 was a Featured New Voices Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Source: Wikipedia

On a personal note: I have an interest in family genealogy. Fortunately, the Chapin side of my family tree is easy to follow and has some interesting cousins in the lineage. Among them are Harry Chapin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Noah Webster, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, John Brown, JP Morgan, Canada Prime Minister Richard Bedford Bennett, ... all descended from Deacon Samuel Chapin (one of the founders of Springfield, MA)

1 comment:

raena said...

Great post! My mother does our genealogy but she hasn't come upon anyone famous yet. We have a Green Berry Bush though!