If you know your times tables or various parts of sentence structure very well, there's a good chance Bob Dorough is the reason for that.
Dorough, who passed away yesterday (April 24) at the age of 94, was one of the main songwriters and performers of the classic tunes from Schoolhouse Rock. The show's original run began in 1973 and lasted through 1985 and yielded some of the most catchy, educational tunes that still get used in school today.
In honor of Dorough's life, enjoy these seven Schoolhouse Rock songs below that he wrote.
"Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here"
"3 Is A Magic Number"
Debuted in 1973; the pilot episode of the series. Was written and sung by Bob Dorough. It teaches about the number 3. This song was voted the 7th best song on the 30th anniversary edition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Is_a_Magic_Number
"Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" The classic Jack Sheldon favorite from Schoolhouse Rock. For more information, go to www.DisneyEducation.com.
"The Shot Heard 'Round the World"
Take a pilgrimage through American history with the award-winning series that has engaged generations of school children. With eleven classic animated songs, including "Shot Heard 'Round the World" and "Fireworks," your students will feel the beat of history as they learn about the key milestones, events and people that make up this great country.
"My Hero, Zero"
"Zero, my hero, how wonderful you are!" Classic Schoolhouse Rock. For more information, go to www.DisneyEducation.com.
"Naughty Number Nine"
1973. It teaches about the multiplication of 9. The song describes a large anthropomorphic feline pool hustler (possibly inspired by Minnesota Fats). Despite the blatant tobacco-smoking reference in which "Number Nine" puffs a cigar, the song never received any censorship or removal from rerun rotation and continued to air, with no known complaints, well after the depiction of smoking in children's television was banned.
"Verb That's What's Happening"
Saturday morning cartoon--this one is really so 1970's. check out the bell bottoms--this one is my favorite--I still can sing it!
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.