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. That concept became the song "Three Is a Magic Number" and the project would become the Grammy-nominated Multiplication Rock.
Other famous works Dorough contributed to many a childhood were "Conjunction Junction", "Electricity, Electricity" and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here".
Dorough served in the Special Services Army Band during World War II, and earned a degree in music from the University of North Texas before moving to NY to become a pianist and singer.
Bob Dorough songs helped teach children about grammar and government on ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock". He served three years in a Special Services Army Band Unit, gaining much professional experience as arranger, clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, and entertainer (1943-45). He headed to New York City after graduating from the University of North Texas in 1949.
He released his debut album, Devil May Care, in 1956 on Gus Wildi's Bethlehem label, also home to Nina Simone's first album. That led to Donough's classic first Schoolhouse Rock song, "Three Is a Magic Number", which is remembered for its brilliant simplicity and sticky chorus that counted to 36 by threes, accompanied by animation. You'd say, 'Hey, Miles, I really dug that set!' and he wouldn't stop. "Years later, I was in L.A., and one of my friends related to me that he actually heard my LP when he was in town doing a three-week engagement, so I took her to the club and met him there, and we became pals for a minute".
"I sometimes say, the kids grow up and now they're [older], and now they go to bars and drink!" he said in a previous interview, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.