On April 23, 2018, at the age of 94, musician Bob Dorough passed away. Dorough was a predominately Jazz musician who played with Miles Davis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Lenny Bruce and others.
However, he’s best known for Multiplication Rock which evolved into Schoolhouse Rock. These were a series of cartoon videos that got children to learn by putting math, science, and civics to music. The series ran from 1973-1985. It came back in the 90’s and went to home video from 2002-2009. It started when Bob was asked to make a song about learning with music. That song would be “Three is a Magic Number.”
From Three is a Magic Number came Conjunction Junction, I’m Just a Bill, Elementary My Dear Electricity, Electricity and so many others.
What Schoolhouse Rock song or songs stood out to you?
Mine were Verb because of the black community and black family aspect and Little Twelve Toes due to my interest in science fiction.