Bob Dorough died of natural causes yesterday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.
The 94 year old musician got his start in the NY jazz scene of the 1950s and '60s, but may be best known for his work for the educational cartoon series "Schoolhouse Rock!".
Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who wrote numerous best-loved Schoolhouse Rock songs, has died at age 94.
His granddaughter Corin Wolf didn't disclose his exact cause of death but told CNN that Dorough was diagnosed with cancer previous year.
Dorough was born in Arkansas on December 12, 1923, and raised in Texas.
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Dorough ended up writing "Three's a Magic Number". 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".
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. 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.
Miles Davis later recorded his own version of Devil May Care's title track and the two collaborated on multiple projects including the holiday song "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)". It was revived from 1993 to 1999.
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.