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Berks Jazz Fest: 'Thanks for the memories Bob Dorough'

Berks Jazz Fest: 'Thanks for the memories Bob Dorough'

Bob Dorough, the "Schoolhouse Rock" performer and writer, died Monday at the age of 94.

The man behind numerous "Schoolhouse Rock!" classics like "Conjunction Junction" and "Shot Heard Round the World", Bob Dorough, died Monday morning of natural causes at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press.

His family says Dorough died Monday at Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania of natural causes.

He also wrote the song "Devil May Care", which jazz great Miles Davis recorded as an instrumental version.

According to his biography, Dorough was a jazz musician who "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational cartoon series between 1973 and 1985.

Dorough turned that concept into a ditty called "Three Is a Magic Number", and it became the first step for a project first known as "Multiplication Rock" and, later, "Schoolhouse Rock".

BOB DOROUGH, born in Arkansas and "raised" in Texas, immediately fell in love with music upon joining the Plainview Texas High School Band. There he began performing at nightclubs and making a name for himself as a musician.




"I got the idea that three is a magic number", Dorough told NPR in 2013.

"Suddenly it's like I was in television and all the songs had to be exactly three minutes and it was like I was in a factory", Dorough said.

During his run with "Schoolhouse Rock!".

Granddaughter Corin Wolf told CNN on Tuesday that Mr. Dorough was diagnosed with cancer previous year, but did not specify the exact cause of death. "It was created to educate, but I attempted to write songs that would entertain anyone, from ages 2 to 92".

In the 1970s, Mr. Dorough began his work on Schoolhouse Rock!

In 1995 he signed a contract with the prestigious jazz label - Blue Note Records - and has done three CDs for them ("Right On My Way Home," "Too Much Coffee Man" and "Who's On First").

"I attempted to write songs that would entertain anyone, from ages 2 to 92", he once said, pointing out that later in life, the kids grow up "and now they go to bars and drink!"


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