Bob Dorough of 'Schoolhouse Rock' is dead at 94
The musician helped teach children about politics, punctuation and math through catchy cartoons.
MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. (AP) -- A musician whose songs helped teach children on ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock" has died.
His son, Chris, says 94-year-old Bob Dorough died of natural causes Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.
According to his biography, the jazz musician "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational cartoon series.
"Schoolhouse Rock" premiered on Jan. 13, 1973, and ran on ABC from 1973-1985. It came back in the 1990s for five more years. More than 30 million people have now watched some of them on YouTube, showing that Dorough's work still resonates.
He also wrote the song "Devil May Care," which jazz great Miles Davis recorded as an instrumental version.
Dorough was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas. He headed to New York City after graduating from the University of North Texas in 1949. He eventually settled in Pennsylvania.
A funeral is tentatively scheduled for Monday in Mount Bethel.
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