Word comes late this afternoon that Arkansas native Bob Dorough died today, at age 94. The jazz pianist and arranger from Cherry Hill (Polk County) was responsible for some of the most beloved tunes on the cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock!,” as well as decades of original material, collaborations with Sugar Ray Robinson, Blossom Dearie and Nellie McKay.

I had the pleasure of talking with Bob Dorough ahead of an appearance at CALS Ron Robinson Theater last May. Here’s that conversation, in which he explains his middle name (Lrod), sings an unreleased song about the square and admires Igor Stravinsky’s work ethic.