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Bob Dorough

Biography

Jazz singer who also composed music for the educational display Schoolhouse Rock and roll and who also performed like a sideman with performers like Buddy Banking institutions. He became the music movie director for Sugars Ray Robinson’s track and dance revue. He was a bebop jazz pianist. He wedded Sally Shanley on March 12, 1994. He co-wrote the strike Mel Torme track “Comin’ House Baby” in 1962.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bob Dorough
Date Of Birth December 12, 1923
Place Of Birth Arkansas
Profession Jazz Singer
Education University of North Texas
Nationality American
Movies September Songs - The Music of Kurt Weill, Chasers
TV Shows Schoolhouse Rock!
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
14th cousin twice removed of Backstreet Boy Howie D. Their common ancestor is James L. Dorough 1736-1813.
2He was concerned that the line "I get my thing in action" from his song "Verb" would run foul of network censors. It didn't.
3When performing in jazz clubs, he will often be questioned by someone who recognizes his voice from the cartoons. Many times, he'll use that opportunity to perform a song he wrote for the "Schoolhouse Rock" series.
4Played back-up (keyboards) for Miles Davis.
5Composed and performed a number of songs for the ABC TV eductational project "Schoolhouse Rock". This is a series of short films shown at the end of cartoon shows designed to teach various subjects (multiplication tables, US history, science, grammar, US government functions) in the form of animated films with memorable music and lyrics. The series of films is still remembered (fondly) by those who saw them the first time, and have been re-issued on DVD for new generations to learn and enjoy.
6A CD collection "Schoolhouse Rock Rocks" featured cover versions of his compositions for the series. Artists include Moby, Better Than Ezra, Pavement, Man or Astro-man?, Skee-Lo, Biz Markie and Daniel Johnson.
7He is a jazz singer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man Who Knew Too Little1997writer: "Coming Home Baby" - as Robert Dorough
Get Shorty1995writer: "Comin' Home Baby"
Chasers1994performer: "RIGHT ON MY WAY HOME" / writer: "RIGHT ON MY WAY HOME"
Reality Bites1994writer: "Conjunction Junction" - as Robert Dorough
Mystery Science Theater 30001989TV Series music - 1 episode
Parachute to Paradise1972TV Movie performer: "Parachute to Paradise"
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1968TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Hollywood Palace1968TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Merv Griffin Show1968TV Series writer - 1 episode
Upper Middle Bogan2014-2016TV Series writer - 11 episodes
House of Lies2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
What to Expect When You're Expecting2012writer: "Comin' Home Baby"
Formula 1: BBC Sport2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born to Be Wild2011Documentary short writer: "Comin' Home Baby"
GleeTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2010 music - 1 episode, 2010
Secret Diary of a Call Girl2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
An Education2009writer: "Comin' Home Baby"
Schoolhouse Rock!TV Series writer - 27 episodes, 1973 - 2009 performer - 23 episodes, 1973 - 2009 lyrics - 1 episode, 1974 music - 1 episode, 1974
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon2008Documentary lyrics: "Conjunction Junction" / music: "Conjunction Junction"
Paris2008/Iwriter: "Comin' home baby" - as Robert L. Dorough
You, Me and Dupree2006writer: "Three Is a Magic Number"
The Squid and the Whale2005writer: "Figure 8" - as Robert Dorough
Festival Express2003Documentary writer: "Comin' Home Baby" - as R. Dorough
Calendar Girls2003writer: "Comin' Home Baby" - as Robert L. Dorough
Two Weeks Notice2002writer: "Comin' Home Baby"
Slackers2002writer: "Three is a Magic Number" - as Robert Dorough
The Anniversary Party2001writer: "Comin' Home Baby"
Kissing Jessica Stein2001writer: "Devil May Care"
Detroit Rock City1999performer: "Conjunction Junction" / writer: "Conjunction Junction"
The Iron Giant1999writer: "Comin' Home Baby"
Never Been Kissed1999lyrics: "Three Is a Magic Number" / music: "Three Is a Magic Number"
Dinner and Driving1997performer: "I've Got Just About Everything I Need" / writer: "I've Got Just About Everything I Need", "Comin' Home Baby"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show2016TV SeriesJames Madison
Drawn Together2005TV SeriesMember - Board of Education
Chasers1994Piano Player / Singer
Schoolhouse Rock!1975-1976TV SeriesThomas Jefferson / Turtle
Have Gun - Will Travel1959TV SeriesCurt Harvey

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Schoolhouse Rock!1973-1974TV Series musical director - 5 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fat Chance1981
Drawing Power1980TV Series

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock2014TV Movie thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jingle Bell Rocks!2013DocumentaryHimself
Almost a Legend2009Documentary shortHimself
Great Performances1994TV SeriesHimself
Parachute to Paradise1972TV MovieHimself

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