'Schoolhouse Rock' founder Bob Dorough dead at 94

26 April, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
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Dorough would become the series' musical director, and the show was composed of many of his original songs such as "Three Is a Magic Number".

Musician Bob Dorough, who contributed to the creation of Schoolhouse Rock!, died in Mt. Bethel, Pa., his family announced.

His son, Chris, says the 94-year-old Dorough died of natural causes Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

The Arkansas-born, Texas-raised Dorough began working in music in the army, serving as a composer, arranger and player in the Special Services Army Band between 1943 and '45, before getting a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas.

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!.

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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.

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.

"I am not surprised at all [that the videos still resonate]", Dorough said, according to WNEP-TV. "Thirteen years, plus a second round, helped us to reach literally thousands, in a rather broad age spectrum".

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.

A funeral is tentatively scheduled for next Monday.

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