"Schoolhouse Rock" writer Bob Dorough dead at 94

Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough

Dorough served in the Special Services Army Band during World War II, and earned a degree in music from the University of North Texas before moving to NY to become a pianist and singer.

Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who wrote numerous best-loved Schoolhouse Rock songs, has died at age 94. In the late '40s, Dorough made his way to NY, working there as a pianist and singer.

Then-ABC executive Michael Eisner turned the songs into a series of animated videos that appeared between Saturday morning cartoon shows for 12 years.

He released his debut album, Devil May Care, in 1956 on Gus Wildi's Bethlehem label, also home to Nina Simone's first album.

The Jazz musician was the musical director for the educational cartoon series between 1973 and 1985. The title track was later recorded by MILES DAVIS, which has since become a jazz standard.

"I'm just a bill". He wrote all of the Multiplication Rock series (including "Three is a Magic Number", famously sampled by De La Soul), and Grammar Rock classics "Conjunction Junction" and "Lolly, Lolly Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here", as well as songs for America Rock, Science Rock, Money Rock, and Earth Rock.

Dorough ended up writing "Three's a Magic Number".

"I got the idea that three is a magic number", Dorough told NPR's Rachel Martin in 2013.

Dorough, a jazz pianist and vocalist, wrote his first "Schoolhouse Rock" tune after a NY advertising executive approached him in 1971.

According to NRP, Dorough continued to perform until his death, and was survived by his wife, Sally Shanley Dorough.

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