Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough

BOB DOROUGH, immediately fell in love with music upon joining the Plainview Texas High School Band. After earning a Bachelor Of Music degree at the University of North Texas (1949), he made a bee-line for New York City where he took classes at Columbia University and immersed himself in the volatile jazz scene then taking place there -the BeBop revolution.

After years of accompanying, conducting, arranging, and playing, he made his first recording as a leader (1956) for the Bethlehem label....DEVIL MAY CARE, having written the title tune three years earlier. He is known as “the only singer to record with Miles Davis”. While this may not be 100% true, he did record two vocals with Davis, in 1962, “Nothing Like You” and “Blue Xmas,” both of which he composed. Davis also recorded an instrumental version of Bob’s classic song, “Devil May Care,” that same year.

In 1971 he received a commission to “set the multiplication tables to music.” This led to
a small industry, being the beginning of ABC-TV’s SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, Saturday
morning cartoons that entertained and instructed unsuspecting children during the years
1973-1985. The impact of this media exposure was unpredictably immense. The show
came back for another five years in the 90’s and is now enjoying its 30th anniversary
with a DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series, for which Dorough worked as the
Musical Director.

In 1995 he signed a contract with the prestigious jazz label -Blue Note Records - and has done three CDs for them (“Right On My Way Home,” “Too Much Coffee Man“ and
“Who‘s On First“).



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