Dave Frishberg is dead at 88: The jazz songwriter was best known for his catchy songs on 'Schoolhouse Rock.'
Dave Frishberg, a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist, passed away at 88 at his home in Portland, Oregon, on November 17, 2021. Frishberg wrote many songs for ABC's Interstitial television show, Schoolhouse Rock, including the segment, I'm just a Bill. Dave's surviving wife, April Magnusson, broke the news of his passing.
"We are so grateful for your kindness, support, well-wishing and encouragement. With your help, Dave was able to get the support and care he needed. We are saddened to report that Dave passed away today, after battling illness for several years," Magnusson wrote on the GoFundMe campaign she'd started after Frishberg's health started deteriorating a couple of years ago. The page reportedly collected $63,413.
Dave was a four-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist. Photo Source: USA Today
Magnusson terminated the fundraiser after her husband's death and reminded people to support struggling music people. She asked Dave's fans to donate to MusiCares, which assists music people in hard times. Frishberg was nominated for the Best Jazz Vocals Grammy award 4 times.
Born David Lee Frishberg on March 23, 1933, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, his interest in music was sparked by pianist Pete Johnson and Jay McShann. He graduated with a major in journalism at the University of Minnesota and spent two years in the air force.
Frishberg's wife reveals he died of a long illness. Source: Bob Merill Net
Frishberg's earliest work came with singers like Carmen McRae, Eddie Condon, Al Cohn, Ben Webster, and Bud Freeman. Later he started performing solo pieces and got bigger fame for that. Some of his most memorable songs are My Attorney Bernie, Blizzard of Lies, Peel Me a Grape, Quality Time, and more.