Slate Belt musician who wrote 'Schoolhouse Rock' songs is dead at 94

26 April, 2018, 12:41 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Bob Dorough a jazz pianist and the man behind The Schoolhouse Rock series of the 70's sits by a piano in 2011 at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap

The news of Bob Dorough's death this week was sad, but at the same time brought back a lot of good memories for people who grew up with the 1970s Saturday morning educational shorts "Schoolhouse Rock!".

Dorough was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas.

Dorough was a conductor, accompany player, arranger and conductor for a number of years before recording his first effort of his own, "Devil May Care", in 1956 for the Bethlehem label. DOROUGH served as the Music Director of a 40th anniversary DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series.

Bob Dorough performing at Joe's Pub in NY on March 9, 2014.

"I got the idea that three is a magic number", Dorough told NPR in 2013. Miles Davis then invited Dorough to record with him after hearing the album, asking him to provide lyrics and vocals for a Christmas LP. "Then I looked in the magic book and sure enough, three is one of the magic numbers".

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"Schoolhouse Rock!" got started in 1971 when Dorough was commissioned to put music to multiplication tables. He performed all the multiplication songs, and collaborated on the history, science, and grammar songs.

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When not working on Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks, recorded by indie artists that had no doubt grown up watching the series, was released in 1996.

Dorough remained active all his life.

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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