Singer Harry Chapin recalled as a charitable giant

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 14 at 3:08 AM

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Thirty years after his passing, members of singer Harry Chapin's family are gathering on Long Island this weekend to hold a benefit concert for a local food bank.

Chapin was killed on the Long Island Expressway on July 16, 1981, several hours before he was to perform at a benefit concert — something he did often.

Entertainers, lawmakers and friends recall Chapin as a driving force behind making people aware of the issue of hunger in the United States and around the world. Chapin died several years before high-profile benefits like Live Aid became the norm, but many, including entertainer Harry Belafonte, credit Chapin for laying the groundwork.

Belafonte says Chapin's social conscience came through not only in the lyrics of his songs, but in his actions offstage.

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