Hank is a long-time friend of the family. My mom has a lot of his art, as do my sister and I. When I was at NYU I got to know him, sometimes sitting for him. Hank is a hero of mine for giving his whole life to his art.
Hank called me this morning, left a message saying to search for him on YouTube, someone had done a video portrait of him. Here it is.
In spite of being a sold out show, I made it back from GregoFest and biked over to the Alamo Drafthouse South today to see Bob Dorough perform Schoolhouse Rock songs. I got in and sat front and center, as close a possible to the Rhodes at the front of the theater.
Bob sat behind the electric piano and started off with “Three Is The Magic Number,” because it was first he composed and the one that started it all with ABC. He spent the next hour or so playing his hits – My Hero Zero, I’m Just A Bill, Figure 8 – and telling stories about working with ABC as musical director and getting work for his friends Blossom Dearie and Jack Sheldon.
Afterward I got this poster and him to sign it. I thanked him for not dumbing down any of those song because they made me the musician I am.