Disney Legend Robert Sherman Dies at 86
03.07.12 by REELZ
On March 5, the world lost a legend in the music industry — American songwriter Robert B. Sherman passed away in London at the age of 86.
You may not know the name Robert Sherman, but, you undoubtedly have heard of his music. Together with his brother Richard, he created some of the most iconic music ever to hit the silver screen.
The Sherman brothers were the go-to composers for Walt Disney and they wrote classics such as "The Tiki Room" theme at Disneyland to “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book and the Oscar-winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins. They first came to Disney’s attention after penning a number one hit for then Musketeer, Annette Funicello.
The pair also wrote music for The Parent Trap and The Sword in the Stone, but it was the music for Mary Poppins that cemented their status in pop culture and Disney history. In addition to their win for original song, the score for the movie brought them their second Oscar. Sherman was working on music for The Jungle Book when Walt Disney died suddenly in 1966.
Sherman leaves behind a legacy of music that is bound to get stuck in your head. We suggest this one in his memory: “It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all…”