Bob Dorough of "Schoolhouse Rock" is dead at 94

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Bob Dorough of "Schoolhouse Rock" is dead at 94

He released his first album, "Devil May Care", in 1956, and the title track would go on to be covered by Miles Davis, among others.

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.

Jazz musician Bob Dorough, the chief composer of the "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoon series, died Monday at the age of 94.

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

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"I'm just a bill". "Three is a magic number".

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

The song spawned the album Multiplication Rock and the concept was later sold to ABC executive Michael Eisner, ultimately becoming the first iteration of Schoolhouse Rock!. He performed all the multiplication songs, and collaborated on the history, science, and grammar songs. It featured reinterpretations of the now-famous tunes, including Dorough compositions "Conjunction Junction" (Better Than Ezra), "Three Is a Magic Number" (Blind Melon), "Electricity, Electricity" (Goodness) and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here" (Buffalo Tom).

Rhino Records issued a four-CD box set of Schoolhouse Rock tunes in 1996, and Disney produced a two-DVD set for the series' 30th anniversary in 2002, featuring 52 of the 64 episodes. "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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