Richard M. Sherman, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘It’s a Small World’ songwriter, dies at 95

Richard and his brother Robert were inducted into Disney Legends in 1990.

Disney songwriter legend Richard M. Sherman, best remembered for “Mary Poppins” and “It’s a Small World,” has died at the age of 95, the Walt Disney Company announced Saturday.

Sherman died Saturday of an age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, the company said.

One half of the Academy Award-winning duo with his brother, the late Robert B. Sherman, Richard is remembered as a “prolific composer-lyricist” and a “key member of Walt Disney’s inner circle of creative talent”, a the company said in a press release.

“Richard Sherman embodied what it means to be a Disney legend, creating with his brother Robert the beloved classics that have become a treasured part of the soundtrack of our lives,” said Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

“We are forever grateful for the mark Richard left on the world and extend our deepest condolences to his family,” Iger added.

The Sherman Brothers won two Academy Awards for their styling in the classic 1964 film, “Mary Poppins” – Best Score: Substantially Original and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”

“You don’t get songs like ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ without a true love of life, which Richard passed on to everyone lucky enough to be by his side,” said Pete Docter, creative director of the studios of Pixar animation, in the press release. . “Even at 90, he had more energy and enthusiasm than anyone, and I always came away renewed by Richard’s contagious joie de vivre.”

The brothers were inducted into Disney Legends in 1990.

Richard’s 65-year career has been recognized with nine Academy Award nominations, three Grammy Awards and 24 gold and platinum albums.

Visitors to Disney theme parks around the world know Sherman for his favorite songs “It’s a Small World,” “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” and “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room.”

The Sherman Brothers’ discography also features in several beloved films, including “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968), “Snoopy Come Home” (1972), “Charlotte’s Web” (1973), “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” ( 1973). , “Huckleberry Finn” (1974) and “The Slipper and the Rose” (1976).

“The Sherman brothers were professional optimists who found an ideal patron in Walt Disney. “Their songs had an optimistic outlook that carried over into Richard’s life, which was not without troubles and challenges,” Leonard Maltin , film historian, author and educator said in the release “He was especially proud that he and his brother pursued songwriting careers like their father, who encouraged them early on.”

Robert B. Sherman died at the age of 85 in March 2012.

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