Sad news for the music industry as we have just learned that a famous Jazz musician and composer has passed away.
Bob Dorough, the chief composer for the ABC "Schoolhouse Rock" educational cartoon series has died. He was 94 years old.
According to the Associated Press, Chris Dorough, his son, said that his father passed away from natural causes. Dorough was found in his home on Monday in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.
He was born in Arkansas and was able to make a name for himself as a pianist and a composer. Dorough moved to New York in 1949 and started to work alongside musicians like Miles Davis. Davis and Dorough worked together in the 1950s and the 1960s.
Dorough did have a day job, however. In 1971, he was working for an advertising company in New York. During that time, his boss asked him to create music based on multiplication tables in hopes kids could link music to math — making math easier.
In the early 1970s was when the "Schoolhouse Rock" was created. With this iconic cartoon series, he was able to make a large impact.
The cartoon series lasted for 12 years and was revived in the 1990s for five years.
“However, what surprised me most was the impact of network television, which kicked in years later, after we’d been on air at ABC-TV,” Dorough told WNEP-TV. “Thirteen years, plus a second round, helped us to reach literally thousands, in a rather broad age spectrum.”
Will you join us in praying for the family as they go through this difficult time? In other news, Prince Harry makes a heartfelt request days before the wedding in connection to his late mother, Princess Diana.