Hawaii News Now: Bob Dorough of 'Schoolhouse Rock' is dead at 94

Bob Dorough ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer Dies at 94More

It was one of the most popular of all "Schoolhouse Rock!" installments and a guaranteed earworm.

Born in Cherry Hill, Ark., on December 12, 1923, Dorough grew up in Texas, where he first learned how to play music. In the late '40s, Dorough made his way to NY, working there as a pianist and singer. Miles Davis then invited Dorough to record with him after hearing the album, asking him to provide lyrics and vocals for a Christmas LP.

The Jazz musician was the musical director for the educational cartoon series between 1973 and 1985.

Dorough wrote and directed episodes of Schoolhouse Rock! from 1972 to 1996, and for direct-to-video releases in 2002 and 2009. That concept became the song "Three Is a Magic Number" and the project would become the Grammy-nominated Multiplication Rock.

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A musician whose songs helped teach children on ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock" has died. Dorough wrote and/or performed many of them, not including "I'm Just a Bill", which famously was spoofed on Saturday Night Live in 2014.

When not working on Schoolhouse Rock! "Other composers, such as Lynn Ahrens and George R. Newall, were later hired, while Dorough contributed such classics as "Conjunction Junction", "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here", 'The Shot Heard Round the World", "Mother Necessity" and "Electricity, Electricity".

Later in life, Dorough became a mentor to the British-American singer, actress and comedian Nellie McKay, whom he first met in 1997, McKay tells NPR. "Lou Reed's idea of hell would be to sit in heaven with Bob Dorough", McKay says, referencing the famously cantankerous NY rocker.

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