94-year-old Bob Dorough passed away on April 23, 2018, leaving behind a legacy of joy and education that is sure to be remembered for years to come. Bob was a beloved childhood icon for millions of children who grew up during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Most people might not recognize his name or face, but he was the genius behind one of the most beloved children’s programs. Bob Dorough was the songwriter behind Schoolhouse Rock! He wrote some of the most beloved songs, like Conjunction Junction, I’m Just A Bill, and even Three Is A Magic Number.
Robert Lrod Dorough was born on December 12, 1923, in Cherry Hill, Arkansas but grew up in Plainview, Texas. He was always a fan of music, even participating in Army bands during World War II. He went on to attend North Texas State University where he studied composition and piano.
Bob went on to attend Columbia State University as a graduate student from 1949 to 1952, before going on tour with Sugar Ray Robinson who decided to pursue music. In 1954, he moved to Paris where he worked as a musician and musical director, but his real claim to fame didn’t roll around until 1971.
He was approached by advertising executive David McCall realized his son was having trouble memorizing multiplication tables but had perfect recall for hit songs on the radio. Originally David tried hiring a jingle writer, but the songs weren’t quite what he wanted. One of David’s coworkers, George Newall, suggested Bob Dorough to him.
From the first moment that David heard Bob’s song about the number three, it was clear that they had found their musician! Bob quickly rose to fame as the writer of the songs that we still recall today, but none were so beloved as the original, Three Is A Magic Number.
Bob worked until his early 80s before retiring to his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania where he passed away. He will be sorely missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. Please keep his family in your prayers as they face this difficult time!
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