Titanic (1912)
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White Star Line advertisement.

A ticket poster from the White Star Line office in New York. Note the picture is not Titanic but is Olympic.

A poster from the 1958 movie A Night to Remember. The movie, based on the book by Walter Lord starred
Kenneth Moore as 2nd officer Charles H. Lightoller and is still the best Titanic movie ever made.

In 1977 Harry Chapin released a double album set entitled Dance Band on the Titanic. The title song, written
by Harry Chapin, tells the story of the Titanic from a band members point of view. Sadly Harry Chapin died in
a automobile accident near Jericho, New York on July 16, 1981 at the age of 38, however his legacy lives on
in his music and his humanitarian efforts. Harry Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Dec. 7, 1987 for his outspoken views and campaigning on social issues, particularly his highlighting of global hunger. He was widely recognized as a key player in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977.

On the cover are: above left: Michael Solomon (Chapin band soundman) above right: Jeff Gross (Chapin band lighting man and road manager) below, left to right: Doug Walker (guitar), John Wallace (bass), Harry, Steve Chapin (keyboards), Kim Scholes (cello), Howard Fields (drums). John Hart (John is Harry & Steve's half brother from their mom's second marriage).

Howard "Howie" Fields, Chapin's drummer, tells the story of the album cover:
" We had this photo shoot scheduled and had to get up at 6 AM in Kalamazoo, MI where we'd played the night before. After flying to NY we went directly to Big John's house in Brooklyn where we changed into rented 1912 tuxedos so that we would all look the part of the musicians playing in the band on the Titanic. The LP cover photo was taken by photographer Ruth Bernal who was a longtime friend of the Chapin family and band. The photo shoot took place on The Peking which is one of the boats that is still docked at the South Street Seaport and is still open for boarding and viewing. It was freezing out there and I was still battling a fever and illness. It was mighty chilly that day out on the boat and I remember John (Hart) having a little accident holding that tray with the champagne glasses on it, I hope they weren't expensive."
(Thanks to Howie Fields for providing the photo and much of the text)

Titanic Memorabilia
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Page published Feb. 28, 2010