If you grew up on Schoolhouse Rock like most adults these days did, then you know "3 Is A Magic Number" by heart. But did you know the composer and singer, Bob Dorough, learned to love music in the Plainview, Texas high school band? Its true.

Bob was also the composer and singer of "My Hero, Zero".

Bob Dorough was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas, as he was fond of saying. That Texas part means Plainview, Texas. When Bob was growing up there he joined the Plainview high school band and that is what gave him his love of music. That love of music would lead him to a career that included being one of the head guys behind much of the Schoolhouse Rock series on Saturday mornings on ABC in the 70's and 80's. His career also included singing vocals for Miles Davis on at least one occasion, and many releases of his own as a musician and singer.

Sadly Bob passed away Monday. He was a big part of the reason I gained much of my early knowledge, since we were just learning how TV could entertain and teach at the same time.

Check out Blind Melon's version of "3 Is The Magic Number" they recorded for a re-release of "Schoolhouse Rock, Rocks!" tunes back in 1996.