Song of the Day: Harry Chapin, “Taxi”/”Sequel”

Happy heavenly birthday to singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who would be 78 years old today. When he died in 1981 in a car crash, I remember that my manager was very upset, and he said his wife was beside herself, she was so upset. I wasn’t anywhere as broken up by the news, but I was still sad, because I knew we had lost a great talent. His first hit, "Taxi," was released in 1972, and although it was almost seven minutes long, enough radio stations played it and enough records were sold that it reached the Top 40 in the US (#24) and the Top 5 (#5) in Canada. Eight years later in 1980, Harry recorded "Sequel," which followed up on taxi driver Harry and housewife Sue ten years later. It reached #23 on the Hot 100 that year. YouTube user J. G. Soriano did an expert job of putting both songs together so that one runs into the other almost seamlessly.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Harry Chapin, “Taxi”/”Sequel”

  1. As much as he was talented…he seemed like just as much a nice guy. Writing a sequel was a great idea…
    I was 13 when he died and I was shocked…I had an album by him…and I always get the date mixed up because two years before Thurman Munson died.

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    1. I’ll never forget something he said on one occasion, that when he decided to get into music, he knew he was going to be bad at it for a while. I don’t know of too many people who have tried to cover his songs. They were just so unique and personal.

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  2. “Taxi” impacted me from the first time I heard it. The album that the song came from became a solid favorite for the next few years. I still love hearing the song. This is the first I ever heard of “Sequel”. Interesting, but not really necessary.

    Chapin was a wonderful songwriter/performer. Too bad he left so soon.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I heard it the day that I tried out a different radio station, and I just couldn’t get it out of my head. This one and Aretha Franklin’s “Daydreamin’.” I had this album and his next, “Sniper and Other Love Songs.” Both are excellent. His death was a tremendous loss.

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  3. You may have heard me mention this before, but I was a huge fan of Harry Chapin. I saw him in concert multiple times. The first time I saw him perform was at my high school in 1975. I’m from Long Island, and my parents’ home is just a few miles from where Harry and his family lived. Harry loved to perform at local schools, and the concert he did at my school was a benefit for charity. I think it may have been world hunger….

    Harry died in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway, en route to Eisenhower Park, where he planned to perform a free outdoor concert at what is now named The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater. I was in Eisenhower Park that night…it was so sad.

    With so many people hungry now, please consider donating to his charity, <href=https://licares.org/>Long Island Cares or your local food bank.

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  4. Such a loss I agree and so young. He was more than a singer songwriter he told stories. I always loved his words and especially I loved his voice. Thank you for this one Jim πŸ’œ

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