'Schoolhouse Rock!' musician Bob Dorough dies at 94

'Schoolhouse Rock!' musician Bob Dorough dies at 94

Dorough's granddaughter Corin Wolf said he was diagnosed with cancer previous year, but didn't disclose the exact cause of his death Monday, CNN reported.

Not long after the release of Devil May Care, the legendary Miles Davis recorded his own interpretation of its title track, which would go on to become a jazz standard.

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

Born on December 12, 1923, in Cherry Hill, AR, Dorough was a jazz musician in the early 1970s when a NY ad man complained that his young sons couldn't do multiplication and wanted to have the times tables set to music because the kids could recite every rock lyric of the era.

Bob Dorough, the jazzman who created the clever and enduring Schoolhouse Rock toons that taught grammar, math, science, and citizenship to a generation of TV-watching kids, has died.

Dorough was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas.

While working a day job at an advertising company in 1971, Dorough's boss asked him to set multiplication tables to music and he penned the song "Three Is a Magic Number". "Then I looked in the magic book and sure enough, three is one of the magic numbers".

Then-ABC executive Michael Eisner turned the songs into a series of animated videos that appeared between Saturday morning cartoon shows for 12 years. Dorough sang most of the "Schoolhouse Rock" songs.

Dorough himself continued to play live for the rest of his life - at 92, Dorough performed "Devil May Care" for member station WBGO - and as recently as three weeks ago in upstate NY.

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