You may not recognize the name, but if you are of a certain age where you tuned into ABC’s Saturday morning cartoons, you know his work.
Dorough was an incredibly talented singer, performer, and writer who not only influenced the great Mose Allison and co-wrote Mel Torme’s hit Comin’ Home, Baby but also was one of the only vocalists on a Miles Davis recording, Blue Xmas (for which Dorough wrote the words).
Despite those credentials, Dorough was and will always be associated with Schoolhouse Rock, having written and performed many songs for the series, several you probably know by heart, such as Conjunction Junction, Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here and all of the Multiplication Rock songs, to name a few.
Three is a Magic Number was both the pilot and first episode of Schoolhouse Rock, and many of you will also recognize thanks to its use in De La Soul’s The Magic Number.
If you run the whole Schoolhouse Rock series, and Dorough’s many contributions to it, you’ll see why he was in a class all by himself…