Tag Archives: Schoolhouse Rock

Devil May Care: The Bob Dorough Movie

We’ve written about Bob Dorough several times here before. Bob is a unique and wonderful jazz singer/songwriter, but he’s best known as the musical director of Schoolhouse Rock, the cartoon vignettes set to music that taught children Grammar, Math, Science, Multiplication, History. Economics, and Environmental lessons. Bob composed such wonderful songs as “Conjunction Junction” and “Three is a Magic Number,” and through DVDs his music is being passed along to future generations. He continues to perform well into his 80’s.

A group of independent filmmakers is raising money for Devil May Care, a documentary that chronicles Bob’s fascinating career.

To learn more or to contribute to the fund raising efforts of the film, click here.

To go to the Devil May Care Facebook page, click here.

To hear my interview with Bob, click here.

Bob Dorough, Schoolhouse Rock Music Director, Interview Parts 1 & 2

My interview with Bob Dorough, Music Director of Schoolhouse Rock, the animated series of school lessons set to music. Bob composed such classics as “Conjunction Junction” and “Three is a Magic Number,” and is also an accomplished jazz singer/songwriter/pianist whose extensive list of credits includes having recorded with Miles Davis. Bob discusses the genesis of the Schoolhouse Rock series, behind the scenes stories on the recording process, and the legacy of his contribution. (Note: interview conducted in 2008 – the New DVD that was in the works at the time of the interview entitled Schoolhouse Rock Earth! is now available).

Department of Education Turns to Schoolhouse Rock

The Department of Education has added tunes from the educational musical cartoon series Schoolhouse Rock as their phone line “hold” music. This enduring series is a favorite of generations and often used as an elementary school learning tool.
Article link.

It’s also worth noting that many of the original members of the Schoolhouse Rock team, including music director Bob Dorough, release a new DVD recently entitled Schoolhouse Rock Earth

Schoolhouse Rock Earth DVD

S-R-Earth CoverA generation of children learned rules of grammar, multiplication, and science, and history through Schoolhouse Rock, Saturday morning cartoon vignettes set to music. Through DVDs and school drama productions, new generations are discovering the joy and brilliance of the music. Many of the original creators of the series reconvened to produce a new CD recently to address educating children on environmental issues, Schoolhouse Rock earth.
Link to Disney Schoolhouse Rock DVD
I interviewed Bob Dorough, the music director of the series and noted jazz artist last year.
Link to Bob Dorough interview