101 # 1 Song of the Day 12-21-12

The 101 number one song of the day was written and performed by rock’s master storyteller who called his compositions “stories of ordinary people and cosmic moments of their non-cosmic lives.” 

He was the son of a jazz drummer who worked with Tommy Dorsey’s Band.  He studied trumpet growing up and later formed a folk group with his brothers Tom and Stephen.  He supported himself by working as a New York City cabdriver and in 1969 he produced a documentary about boxing, “The Legendary Champions” which was nominated for an academy award.  After his musical career took off he performed about 200 concerts a year, half of them for charity.  His biggest hit was suggested by his wife Sandy when he was touring and away from home when his youngest son was born.  He remembered his own dad being on the road much of the time when he was growing up and that led to the song which arrived at number one on December 21, 1974 for Harry Chapin – “Cat’s in the Cradle”