Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Robert G. Sherman 1925-2012


Robert B. Sherman, one half of the award-winning pair of brothers who wrote classic and memorable songs for MARY POPPINS, THE JUNGLE BOOK, and the classic tune “It’s a Small World (After All)", has died at the age of 86.
Sherman and his brother Richard won two Oscars in 1964 for Walt Disney’s MARY POPPINS, best score and best song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

His long and amazing list of credits as joint lyricist and composer also includes the films WINNIE THE POOH, SNOOPY COME HOME, CHARLOTTE’S WEB and THE MAGIC OF LASSIE. The two brothers wrote over 150 songs for Disney, including soundtracks for THE SWORD AND THE STONE, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, THE TIGGER MOVIE, and THE ARISTOCRATS.


This Blogger has never been a fan of musicals on film (with a few exceptions), but can understand its magic and charm in the right situations. This Blogger may have been the first to get up for a snack when the songs started, but be assured that the tunes wound up being hummed for days like it or not. In the early days of Disney’s outstanding run of live-action musicals, they were not only the best at the genre, they were nearly the only ones doing it. Disney’s days of live-action musicals may sadly be a lost art, and Robert B. Sherman was one of the very last from a very magical time. EVERYONE knows his songs.

"It's a world of laughter, a world or tears
its a world of hopes, its a world of fear
theres so much that we share
that its time we're aware
its a small world after all"

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