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12,535 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 254 of them this year alone and, so far, 105 this month (Feb. 24).

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bob Dorough (Dec. 12, 1923 - April 23, 2018)

I came to Bob Dorough some way behind the pack. In fact, it was only when I received a review copy of Eulalia back in 2014 that I realised he was more than just (just!) the composer of Devil May Care and other songs. Listening again to Eulalia I'm impressed by the quality of his quirky lyrics and tunes. Not the world's greatest singer but I don't think anyone else could sing them like he did. Dave Frishberg? Maybe, begging the chicken and the egg question...
As Bob Dorough was 94 when he passed away yesterday (April 23) I think the question is answered. Digging into Frishberg's autobiography*, he sums Bob Dorough up thus: 
"There's nothing musical that Bob Dorough can't accomplish, and a Bob Dorough accomplishment is always sound musically, always original and fresh, and no matter what the category may be--jazz, symphonic, baroque, choral, country, medieval, or songs for kids--it is all conceived with utmost ingenuity and unrivalled craftsmanship, and with a passion that gleams from everything he puts his mind and heart to." 
The two songwriters also co-operated on the Blossom Dearie classic, I'm Hip.
Singer, pianist, composer, arranger - you name it.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.
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*Dave Frishberg: My Dear Departed Past - Backbeat Books 2017.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Sad to hear this news. I've got the album 'Devil may Care' and it's a delight from start to finish. He had his own very personal 'hip' interpretation of song lyrics that had great charm. Listening to the album just makes you smile. It's a gem.
Roly

Brush Box said...

Plus Multiplication Rock which he was largely responsible for. A children's counting and multiplication record but a very good one. De La Soul sampled Three is a Magic Number from it.

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