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Verities & Balderdash is the fourth studio album by the American singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, released in 1974. (see 1974 in music). "Cat's in the Cradle" was Chapin's highest charting single, finishing at #38 for the year on the 1974 Billboard year-end Hot 100 chart. The follow-up single, "I Wanna Learn a Love Song," charted on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at #44, and Billboard Adult Contemporary at #7. A promotional single, "What Made America Famous?", was released to radio stations as a 45. The album was certified gold on December 17, 1974.[2]

Verities & Balderdash
Harry Chapin - Verities & Balderdash.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 1974
Recorded1973, Connecticut Recording Studios
Bridgeport, Connecticut
ProducerPaul Leka
Harry Chapin chronology
Short Stories
Verities & Balderdash
Portrait Gallery
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The album was advertised with the slogan: "As only Harry can tell it." [3]

The album was the only work by Chapin to exclusively use professional studio musicians, rather than his touring band, as had been the case in previous projects.

Track listingEdit


Side one
1."Cat's in the Cradle (Sandy Chapin, Harry Chapin)"3:44
2."I Wanna Learn a Love Song (Harry Chapin)"4:19
3."Shooting Star" (Harry Chapin)"4:02
4."30,000 Pounds of Bananas (Harry Chapin)"5:45
5."She Sings Songs Without Words (Harry Chapin)"3:31


Side two
1."What Made America Famous? (Harry Chapin)"6:53
2."Vacancy (Harry Chapin)"4:00
3."Halfway To Heaven (Harry Chapin)"6:10
4."Six String Orchestra (Harry Chapin)"5:25




  • Ron Bacchiocchi - recording engineer
  • Paul Leka - mixing
  • Fred Kewley - mixing
  • Glen Christensen - art direction
  • Bill Hofman - illustration
  • Ruth Bernal - photography
  • Shiah Grumet - design

Charts and certificationsEdit


Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 4
Canadian Albums Chart 4


Region Certification Sales
United States 2x Platinum 2,500,000
Canada 2x Platinum 200,000


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Verities & Balderdash
  3. ^
  4. ^ Original LP 1974 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records 7E-1012
  5. ^ Original LP 1974 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records 7E-1012