It featured reinterpretations of the now-famous tunes, including Dorough compositions "Conjunction Junction" (Better Than Ezra), "Three Is a Magic Number" (Blind Melon), "Electricity, Electricity" (Goodness) and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here" (Buffalo Tom).
Dorough's granddaughter Corin Wolf said he was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, but didn't disclose the exact cause of his death Monday, CNN reported.
Born on December 12, 1923, in Cherry Hill, AR, Dorough was a jazz musician in the early 1970s when a NY ad man complained that his young sons couldn't do multiplication and wanted to have the times tables set to music because the kids could recite every rock lyric of the era. He released his first album, "Devil May Care", in 1956, and the title track would go on to be covered by Miles Davis, among others.
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Born in Arkansas, Dorough was able to make a living as a pianist and composer from the time he moved to NY in 1949. He headed to New York City after graduating from the University of North Texas in 1949.
While working with the likes of Davis, he did some work with advertising to make ends meet.
Dorough continued to compose music for Schoolhouse Rock! while also serving as musical director as contributors such as Lynn Ahrens, Dave Frishberg and George Newall joined the project. The videos were re-aired again from 1993 to 1999. He eventually settled in Pennsylvania.
A funeral is tentatively scheduled for next Monday.