Tom Chapin

For the American saxophonist, see Thomas Chapin.
Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin
Born (1945-03-13) March 13, 1945
New York City, New York

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 Teacher's 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.

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





  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. 1 2 3 "Past Winners: Grammy". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  6. "Blue Water, White Death (1971) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
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