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Bob Dorough
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    (December 12, 1923-April 23, 2018)
    Born in Cherry Hill, Arkansas
    Jazz pianist, singer and composer
    Recorded the albums 'Devil May Care' (1957), 'Just About Everything' (1966), 'Beginning to See the Light' (with Bill Takas, 1976), 'Sing and Swing' (with Bill Takas, 1984), 'This Is a Recording' (1990), 'Right on My Way Home' (1997) and 'Too Much Coffee Man' (2000)
    Collaborated with Miles Davis on the song 'Blue XMas (To Whom It May Concern)'
    Wrote Mel Torme's hit 'Comin' Home Baby'
    Best known for serving as the musical director for 'Schoolhouse Rock!'
    Wrote and sang several episodes including 'Three Is a Magic Number,' 'My Hero, Zero,' 'Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here,' 'The Shot Heard 'Round the World' and 'Electricity, Electricity'
    Name rhymes with 'thorough'
    His middle name was 'Lrod.'
    One overview noted, 'Even by the broad standards of jazz, his career was anything but conventional.'
    He served as pianist and musical director for boxer Sugar Ray Robinson's brief attempt at a singing career.
    When his style of jazz was out of fashion in the 60s, he made ends meet by writing ad jingles.
    His distinctive voice was described as 'Nat King Cole doing a Louis Armstrong impersonation.'
    He taught math, grammar and history to a generation of Saturday morning TV viewers.
    People magazine claimed, 'Chances are Bob Dorough has had more of an impact on grammar fluency than any other individual in the 20th century.'
    He did not resent 'Schoolhouse Rock!' overshadowing his other work: 'I'm cool with it being the first thing people see in my obituary.'

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