Composer of “I’m Just a Bill” from Schoolhouse Rock has died at the age of 88.
New York Daily News (TNS) reporter Brian Niemietz contributed to this article.
At the age of 88, the pianist is best known for the 1976 song that taught a generation of children how bills become laws.
According to the New York Times, David Frishberg, the composer of the educational jingle “I’m Just a Bill” for ABC’s “Schoolhouse Rock!” cartoon series, died on Wednesday in Portland, Ore.
Frishberg was a Minnesota native who also worked with Judy Garland and Carmen McRae in New York City.
Frischberg made a living as a jazz musician despite his well-known children’s song.
He was drawn to jazz because he thought jazz musicians were cool, according to his memoir from 2017.
He recalled, “They were funny, sensitive, clannish, and seemed to have the best girlfriends.”
In 1957, he started working as a script writer for on-air personalities at WNEW in New York.
Frishberg began performing piano recitals at Duplex in the West Village shortly after, which led to collaborations with other musicians at venues such as the Village Vanguard and Birdland.
He reportedly turned down an offer to be Garland’s music director.
However, “I’m Just a Bill,” sung by Jack Sheldon, will be remembered as his “most well-known song,” according to him.
Frishberg’s GoFundMe page, which was started in 2019 to help him with “some medical setbacks,” was suspended on Wednesday.
It is unknown what caused his death.
More than (dollar)63,000 was raised as a result of the fundraising effort.
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