Bob Dorough (1923 - 2018), "Schoolhouse Rock" musician

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His son, Chris, says the 94-year-old Dorough died of natural causes Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

The ARKANSAS-born, TEXAS-raised DOROUGH was a composer, arranger and player in the Special Services Army Band before moving to NY to become a pianist and singer.

His granddaughter Corin Wolf didn't disclose his exact cause of death but told CNN that Dorough was diagnosed with cancer past year.

Bob Dorough, whose career began as a composer, arranger and singer in the booming NY jazz scene of the '50s and '60s before he became the musical keystone of Schoolhouse Rock!

Dorough ended up writing "Three's a Magic Number". 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.

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".

From "Conjunction, Junction", to "I'm Just a Bill", Dorough's upbeat tunes helped educate thousands of viewers about simple math functions, rules of grammar and the legislative process. Expanding to cover grammar - Dorough's least-favorite subject to pen music on - American politics and history and science, the initial series ran for 12 years and was revived in the "90s".

Rhino Records issued a four-CD box set of Schoolhouse Rock tunes in 1996, and Disney produced a two-DVD set for the series' 30th anniversary in 2002, featuring 52 of the 64 episodes.

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