How his first song was born
Dorough, a jazz pianist and vocalist, wrote his first ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ tune after a New York advertising executive approached him in 1971. The executive said his sons couldn’t multiply and asked Dorough to set the multiplication tables to music.
Dorough ended up writing “Three’s a Magic Number.” Many others followed.
Dorough believed the songs resonated with so many because, “even though they were in a ‘rock’ or ‘pop’ bag, my jazz sensibilities and the fine musicians I used for the audio recordings made the songs seem unusual to the Saturday morning cartoon listener,” he told CNN in 2013.