Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Creator of television series "Schoolhouse Rock" Bob Dorough, dies at 94

Creator of television series

Bob Dorough, whose career began as a composer, arranger and singer in the booming NY jazz scene of the '50s and '60s before he became the musical keystone of Schoolhouse Rock!

Dorough continued performing, but in the 1990s started noticing adults were requesting the "Schoolhouse Rock" songs at his shows after they recognized his voice.

Dorough died of natural causes at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press.

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Dorough also wrote the song "Devil May Care", which jazz great Miles Davis recorded as an instrumental version.

His 94 years of life were packed with a Forrest Gump-esque career that brought him in contact with several historical icons and eventually launched him into writing educational earworms for ABC in between experimental jazz records.

In 1971, Dorough was working a day job at a NY advertising company when his boss asked him to set the multiplication tables to music, figuring if kids could remember rock lyrics, it might help them learn math, according to NPR. Dorough wrote and performed iconic numbers including "My Hero, Zero" and "Three Is a Magic Number". "So I said, "Well, I'll give you this 'eight" song; I don't know if you'll like it or not.' And they flipped".

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An Arkansas native raised in Texas, Mr. Dorough first began playing music in his high school band, according to The Wrap. There he began performing at nightclubs and making a name for himself as a musician.

"Schoolhouse Rock" ran on ABC from 1973 to 1985, turning multiplication tables, American history, scientific concepts and the parts of speech into catchy 3-minute animated videos. "And in my mind I thought, why not educate and entertain all ages", Dorough said. "Can't you do something good?' Then we walked in with this story board of 'Three Is a Magic Number".

The exposure that "Schoolhouse Rock!" brought to Dorough allowed him to continue focusing on his passion: jazz. The one-month tour saw them play some 22 workshops and concerts in thirteen cities in six different countries.

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In 1995 he signed a contract with the prestigious jazz label - Blue Note Records - and has done three CDs for them ("Right On My Way Home," "Too Much Coffee Man" and "Who's On First").

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