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!".
Bob Dorough, 94, died of natural causes Monday at a his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, according to his son, Chris. This led to a record deal, with his first album, Devil May Care, coming out in 1956.
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"Schoolhouse Rock!" got started in 1971 when Dorough was commissioned to put music to multiplication tables. It attracted the attention of Miles Davis, who chose one of Dorough's compositions, "Blue Xmas", for a 1962 Christmas compilation that Davis' label, Columbia, was putting out.
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"After the fully Dorough-penned Multiplication Rock, the series" contributors expanded to include Lynn Ahrens, Dave Frishberg (writer of "I'm Just a Bill") and George Newall, with Dorough staying on as musical director.
Dorough ended up writing "Three's a Magic Number". He also wrote songs including "Conjunction Junction", "Verb", "The Shot Heard 'Round the World", and more.
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.