Hawaii News Now: Bob Dorough of 'Schoolhouse Rock' is dead at 94

Bob Dorough ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer Dies at 94More

Bob Dorough ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer Dies at 94More

The 94 year old musician got his start in the NY jazz scene of the 1950s and '60s, but may be best known for his work for the educational cartoon series "Schoolhouse Rock!".

Born in Cherry Hill, Ark., on December 12, 1923, Dorough grew up in Texas, where he first learned how to play music.

Not long after the release of Devil May Care, the legendary Miles Davis recorded his own interpretation of its title track, which would go on to become a jazz standard. Dorough would become the series' musical director, and the show was composed of many of his original songs such as "Three Is a Magic Number".

Dorough has also produced three albums with the prestigious jazz label, Blue Note Records. Dorough sang on it, and the pair teamed up again four years later for "Nothing Like You" from Davis' Sorcerer LP. It was one of the most popular of all "Schoolhouse Rock!" installments and a guaranteed earworm.

Schoolhouse Rock! came about in 1971 when David Macall, an advertising executive, hired him to write a song to help his son with his multiplication tables. From there, they branched out into grammar, American history - to coincide with the U.S. Bicentennial - and science. Dorough wrote and/or performed many of them, not including "I'm Just a Bill", which famously was spoofed on Saturday Night Live in 2014.

The tribute album Schoolhouse Rock! The movie and TV database IMDB says Dorough's credits from the series include memorable tunes like "Three Is a Magic Number", "Verb: That's What's Happening", and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here".

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