'Schoolhouse Rock' composer and Pa. resident Bob Dorough dead at age 94

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

Not long after the release of Devil May Care, the legendary Miles Davis recorded his own interpretation of its title track, which would go on to become a jazz standard.

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

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.

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In the 1970s, Dorough began working on an educational album called "Multiplication Rock", which was then pitched to ABC and eventually took the form of animated shorts known as "Schoolhouse Rock!".

His tunes "Conjunction, Junction", "Three is a Magic Number" and "I'm Just A Bill" have been shown in schools for decades, educating students on grammar, multiplication and how a bill become a law. 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. He performed all the multiplication songs, and collaborated on the history, science, and grammar songs. "Then I looked in the magic book and sure enough, three is one of the magic numbers".

Dorough, a jazz pianist and vocalist, wrote his first "Schoolhouse Rock" tune after a NY advertising executive approached him in 1971.

Later in life, Dorough became a mentor to the British-American singer, actress and comedian Nellie McKay, whom he first met in 1997, McKay tells NPR.

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