One of the brothers hired by Walt Disney to write some of the most memorable tunes in Hollywood history has died. Robert B. Sherman was best known for providing songs in the world of movies and film animation, including The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Bang.
The Sherman Brothers legacy lives daily at any of the many theme parks carrying the Disney brand. The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, and It’s a Small World are all compositions by the prolific songwriting siblings.
Oscar came calling in 1964 for their efforts: Chim Chim Cher-ee, Feed the Birds, A Spoonful of Sugar, and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in Mary Poppins. The Sherman Brothers also scored on the pop charts with You’re Sixteen (#1 twice – in 1960 for Johnny Burnette, and in 1972 for Ringo Starr) and Tall Paul.
The brothers were infuenced by their father, who wrote popular tunes for Tin Pan Alley. During World War II, Robert helped liberate Dachau Concentration Camp; and eventually, he received a Purple Heart, two Battle Stars, a Combat Infantryman Badge, an American Campaign Medal, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, and a medal for Good Conduct.
In 2005, Robert Sherman established an annual scholarship award in his name through the BMI Foundation. That same year, he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. In 2008, Robert and Richard Sherman were awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bush. A documentary called The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story was released in 2009. The Sherman Brothers were presented with a window on Mainstreet USA at Disneyland in 2010.
Robert Bernard Sherman passed away peacefully in London. He was 88.
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