Bob Dorough

Dec 12, 1923 – Apr 23, 2018 (Age 94)


Bob Dorough, noted jazz musician and "Schoolhouse Rock" composer and performer, died of natural causes on Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home in Mount Bethel, Penn., according to the Associated Press. He was 94. For full obituary from, click here.

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A huge influence on me-- in jazz and in life -- I play sax, and was always inspired by Bob's great soul and musicianship and smart lyrics-- a voice for our century

Dear Aralee,
I just read your piece Remembering Bob Dorough in The Note and was quite moved. I lost my drummer father, Chuck Flores, in 2016, and I couldn't help relating to He was just here! I heard my pop in a tune played on K-Jazz, and it brought me to tears; how many people can still hear their fathers musically? We are blessed. I can relate to being the daughter of someone cooler than myself, and the endearing comments of the past peppered with cat. I play jazz (Chet Baker) to my...

Thank you for the catchy and educational part of my childhood.

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his songs that impacted us young ones back in the day. It made learning fun! May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

I well remember as a young child learning my multiplication tables on Saturday mornings to many of his songs. In the past few years I have shared them all with my children and will always be thankful for and never forget what he has given me.

I was fortunate enough to have seen Bob back in 1980 thru a friend who knew his bass player,Bill Takas.
I was a fan immediately.
5 years ago he performed at a place near me called the 76 House.
I went to see him and he was as vital and entertaining and as great as he had always been!
And he was just so sweet and accessible and we talked for a while.
I'll treasure that memory forever!
My deepest heartfelt condolences.
He was a truly special man.

Mr. Dorough was part of many of our childhoods with Schoolhouse Rock. We're sorry to hear of his death. We hope that his family and friends will cherish pleasant memories. Our Heavenly Father is close to those brokenhearted.

My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob at a little jazz club called Gregory's on the Upper East Side. That beautiful smile and wit. will be missed.

I remember hearing an interview about 20 years ago on NPR featuring Mr. Dorough. What an interesting life he lived and you can hear that life in his music. Condolences to the family and friends.