"Schoolhouse Rock!" Composer Bob Dorough Dead at 94

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Originally intended as a school workbook, the concept was pitched and sold to ABC executive Michael Eisner, becoming the first of the long-running Schoolhouse Rock! series of educational cartoons that became an all-but inseparable part of of '70s and '80s childhood.

The ARKANSAS-born, TEXAS-raised DOROUGH was a composer, arranger and player in the Special Services Army Band before moving to NY to become a pianist and singer. DOROUGH served as the Music Director of a 40th anniversary DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series. Dorough sang on it, and the pair teamed up again four years later for "Nothing Like You" from Davis' Sorcerer LP.

In 1995, Dorough signed with the prestigious Blue Note Records label, recording three CDs - "Right on My Way Home", "Too Much Coffee Man" and "Who's On First" - for the label. It was Dorough's only vocal contribution to the 1978-79 Science Rock series, though he did write "Electricity, Electricity", which another performer sang. "Then I looked in the magic book and sure enough, three is one of the magic numbers".

Although he worked with greats like Miles Davis in the 1950s and '60s, it was in the early 1970s with "Schoolhouse Rock" that Dorough made his biggest pop culture impact.

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

Other famous works Dorough contributed to many a childhood were "Conjunction Junction", "Electricity, Electricity" and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here".

The tribute album Schoolhouse Rock!

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