Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dead At 94

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    Bob Dorough, whose career began as a composer, arranger and singer in the booming New York jazz scene of the '50s and '60s before he became the musical keystone of Schoolhouse Rock!, died Monday afternoon in Mt. Bethel, Penn., his wife, Sally Shanley Dorough, confirmed to NPR. He was 94.

    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. In the late '40s, Dorough made his way to New York, working there as a pianist and singer.

    He released his debut album, Devil May Care, in 1956 on Gus Wildi's Bethlehem label, also home to Nina Simone's first album. Devil May Care was a document of loungey bebop, with Dorough's windy, charming and idiosyncratically accented singing of buoyant lyrics that hinted at his success to come. "In a dream / the strangest and oddest things / appear / and what insane insane and silly things / we do," he sang on "I Had the Craziest Dream."

    his own interpretation of its title track, which would go on to become a jazz standard.
    Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dead At 94



    That's just sad.
     
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    I saw this on the news as well. 94 is a long life for anyone.

     
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    Watching those silly little songs in between cartoons on Saturday morning was one of my highlights from my childhood. I LOVED those songs.

    Best part? They actually taught you mini lessons in that short little time.

    My 3 favorites?





     
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