Later in Paris, Bob did five months as a singing pianist at the Mars Club and began what has proven to be a long musical association with Blossom Dearie. His first record album (Devil May Care, released on Bethlehem in 1956 and still available) caused quite a stir. The buzz has continued over nearly five decades since then, with Dorough recordings issued on a variety of labels, both large and tiny. Along the way, Bob became the first – and the last – halfway decent singer to appear on a Miles Davis record. Among Bob's more illustrious songwriting collaborators over the years have been Fran Landesman and Dave Frishberg.
His tunes now appear on albums recorded by dozens of other vocalists – and many have found special favor as instrumentals, too. Gen-Xers know his voice – if not his name – because they love the "Schoolhouse Rock" videos that entertained them on ABC-TV during the 70s, 80s and 90s.Bob handled the music for about fifty of these timeless little classics. In the fall of 2002 (the same year that Pennsylvania's governor honored him as the state's Artist of the Year), Bob took his current trio on a State Department-sponsored tour of Latin America that involved over twenty concerts and workshops in seven countries. Along the way, our man somehow found time to also serve as a professor in the music department at East Stroudsburg University. These days, Bob – a proud inductee into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame – does a bit of organic gardening at his Keystone State farmette. He's still writing great songs, too. Most important, though, he continues to delight audiences in clubs and concert halls on several continents.
As throngs of admirers worldwide can testify, Bob Dorough is only now reaching his prime. ~ http://www.bobdorough.com/ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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