Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

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

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

Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who wrote numerous best-loved Schoolhouse Rock songs, has died at age 94.

Dorough was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas. DOROUGH served as the Music Director of a 40th anniversary DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series.

Dorough ended up writing "Three's a Magic Number". He released a number of solo albums, including three for Blue Note Records. Two more segments were produced in 2002, and the series ended in 2009 with Earth Rock, a 12-song home video for which Dorough wrote or co-wrote four numbers.

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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. Though the most popular are the songs from the 1970s run - devoted to grammar, multiplication, American history and science - the series was occasionally revived to look at such topics as computers, finance, and ecology. There are other great installments with other performers, such as Jack Sheldon ("I'm Just a Bill"), Lynn Ahrens ("Interplanet Janet"), Blossom Dearie and others, but we're focusing on Dorough's contributions here. It featured reinterpretations of the now-famous tunes, including Dorough compositions "Conjunction Junction" (Better Than Ezra), "Three Is a Magic Number" (Blind Melon), "Electricity, Electricity" (Goodness) and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here" (Buffalo Tom).

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Dorough himself continued to play live for the rest of his life - at 92, Dorough performed "Devil May Care" for member station WBGO - and as recently as three weeks ago in upstate NY.

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