Bob Dorough passed away Tuesday at the age of 94. He lived a pretty full life, as he was a part of the emergence of bebop jazz in America, having played with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, but most importantly, he influenced my life by creating the Schoolhouse Rock' series for ABC-TV back in the early '70s.

So here are my top five Schoolhouse Rock songs.

Counting up from five to one, here they are:




  • 5

    "A Noun Is A Person, Place or Thing"

    Right to the point, with a melody you'll be humming all day.

  • 4

    "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here"

    Although the voices sound like they're on helium, the point is clear as to what adverbs do.

  • 3

    "Three Is A Magic Number"

    Wonderful catchy tune, that includes observations on math AND mysticism. It would be my number one, but it's more appropriate at number three, right?

  • 2

    "I'm Just A Bill"

    We all know how bills become laws because of this song. Now, if only the pundits on cable news shows would watch this video, we'd all be better off.

  • 1

    "Conjunction Junction"

    How many of you still know the words to this song? If you're my age, all of you.

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