Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg dies at 88 … had penned I’m Just a Bill

, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg dies at 88 … had penned I’m Just a Bill, The Today News USA

Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg, who wrote the iconic song I’m Just a Bill, died at 88 Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.

The jazz musician’s wife April Magnusson confirmed Frishberg’s passing to The New York Times on Thursday.

Frishberg had his first song published in 1962, titled Peel Me a Grape, and worked with Gene Kelly on The Funny Side, a variety show on NBC, in 1971 after he had relocated to Los Angeles.

, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg dies at 88 … had penned I’m Just a Bill, The Today News USA

The latest: Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg, who wrote the iconic song I’m Just a Bill, died at 88 Wednesday in Portland, Oregon. He was snapped in 1998 in San Francisco 

In his work on Schoolhouse Rock! for ABC, I’m Just a Bill debuted in the program’s third season, which described the country’s legislative process. The song was sung by Jack Sheldon, a trumpeter.

In the wake of his Schoolhouse Rock! work, he put out albums The Dave Frishberg Songbook, Volume No. 1, which was nominated for a Grammy in 1982. 

He was also nominated for Grammys for the second volume of the album, as well as Live at Vine Street in 1985 and Can’t Take You Nowhere in 1987. 

Other notable songs he wrote included I’m Hip, My Attorney Bernie, Do You Miss New York?, Sweet Kentucky Ham and Van Lingle Mungo.

, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg dies at 88 … had penned I’m Just a Bill, The Today News USA
, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg dies at 88 … had penned I’m Just a Bill, The Today News USA

The jazz musician’s wife April Magnusson confirmed Frishberg’s passing to The New York Times on Thursday. He was seen playing in his native Portland in 2009

, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg dies at 88 … had penned I’m Just a Bill, The Today News USA

In his work on Schoolhouse Rock! for ABC, I’m Just a Bill debuted in the program’s third season, which described the country’s legislative process

, Schoolhouse Rock! songwriter and musician Dave Frishberg dies at 88 … had penned I’m Just a Bill, The Today News USA

The catchy song was sung by Jack Sheldon, a trumpeter

Frishberg was born March 23, 1933 in St. Paul, Minnesota to parents Harry and Sarah Frishberg, according to the paper.

During his childhood, he showed an interest in illustrating and jazz and blues music, the latter inspired by his brother Mort, the paper reported.

In his 2017 book My Dear Departed Past, Frishberg recalled his early fondness for jazz practitioners.

He said, ‘Jazz musicians were hip, they were funny, they were sensitive, they were clannish, and they seemed to have the best girlfriends.’

Frishberg is survived by Magnusson, his wife of more than two decades, and his sons.