PHILADELPHIA - July 25, 2013 - If "Conjunction Junction," "I'm Just a Bill" or "Three is a Magic Number" mean anything to you, then a Philadelphia club is the place to be Sunday night.
Bob Dorough, who was the musical director for ABC's Schoolhouse Rock animated shorts during the 70s, 80s and even the 90s, will be performing many of the classics that he composed this coming Sunday night at World Cafe Live. Consider it an early present to mark his 90th birthday which is coming up in December.
You can buy tickets online at World Cafe Live's website by following this link. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Dorough started as a jazz musician who worked throughout the 1960s with greats like Miles Davis and Mel Torme.
Dorough sat down with 6abc for an extensive interview as part of the program "Primetime Weekend" back in 1997, and he hasn't lost a step from there. You can see the segment here at the right.
Schoolhouse Rock got it start when executives approached him because some of their kids were having trouble remembering multiplication, but could sing along to Jimmi Hendrix and Rolling Stones songs with very little effort.
So Dorough set out to make math musical, and it turned into an endeavor that would last through 3 decades and help countless children through math, grammar and history.
Along the way, the tunes Dorough crafted would pick up a life of their own, living on in commericials and being covered by contemporary rock bands.
A compilation of songs hit the charts with "Schoolhouse Rock Rocks!" with some of the classics educational songs being covered by bands including Better than Ezra with their version of "Conjunction Junction" (at left) as well as Ween doing "Shot Heard Round the Word" and Moby's version of "Verb: That's What's Happening."
But now, thanks to a never-ending love for music and performing, folks can travel to Philadelphia for a real lyrical treat. They can catch 89-year-old Bob Dorough, the driving force behind songs that entertained a generation... and may have saved many of them from failing grades... performing live the songs he created.