Dave Frishberg, alum of ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ and a jazz songwriter, died at the age of 88.
Dave Frishberg, a Grammy-nominated jazz musician best known for his work on the iconic Schoolhouse Rock! musical educational series, passed away at the age of 88.
His wife, April Magnusson, told the New York Times that he died on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.
In 1971, Frishberg relocated to Los Angeles to work for NBC on The Funny Side, a nine-episode variety show with Gene Kelly.
His first published song was released in 1962, and he was a prolific songwriter.
The musician’s most well-known work was on ABC’s long-running Saturday morning educational cartoon Schoolhouse Rock!, where he made a big impression with his first song, “I’m Just a Bill,” and would go on to record two Grammy-nominated albums in 1985 and 1987.
“Walkin’ on Wall Street,” about the ins and outs of the financial district and how the stock market works, and “(dollar)7.50 Once a Week,” about the joys of budgeting, are two of his other memorable Schoolhouse Rock! songs.
He also has the dubious distinction of being the first person to win the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song in 1981, for his lyrics for “Baby Talk” from the Burt Reynolds film Paternity.
Frishberg’s wife had set up a GoFundMe account for him after his health began to deteriorate in previous years.
Before his death, supporters donated a total of (dollar)63,413 to his cause, with Magnusson keeping people up to date on the sad news.
“Your kindness, support, well-wishes, and encouragement are greatly appreciated.
Dave was able to receive the support and care he required thanks to your assistance.
“We are saddened to report that Dave passed away today after a long battle with illness,” she wrote on the campaign’s website.
People who wish to donate can do so to the Musicares organization, which provides musicians with “a safety net of critical assistance” when they are in need.