Robert Sherman (1925 - 2012)

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  1. Mike Frezon

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    I'm a day late...but I didn't want to let this loss to the world of music go by without a mention.


    Robert Sherman (and his brother Richard) are responsible for some of the most memorable music of the past century.


    The two were best known as the in-house composer (Richard) & lyricist (Robert) for the Disney studios writing some of the best known songs of the Disney canon (both films and theme parks...and the stage & TV, too).





    (From L to R) Robert Sherman, Richard Sherman, Walt Disney.


    They won the Academy Award for Best Song for Chim-Chim-Cheree in 1965 and also won that year for Best Substantially Original Score for Mary Poppins. They were nominated for seven other Oscars. They also won a Grammy for Best Original Score for Mary Poppins.





    (From L to R) Richard Sherman, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Sherman.


    Here are just some of their credits:


    1961 The Parent Trap

    1963 Summer Magic

    1963 The Sword in the Stone

    1963 Big Red

    1964 Mary Poppins

    1967 The Happiest Millionaire (one of my favorite musical films)

    1967 The Jungle Book

    1968 The One & Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

    1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    1970 The Aristocats

    1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    1973 Charlotte's Web

    1973 Tom Sawyer

    1974 Huckleberry Finn

    1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh


    And there were many, many more.


    The Sherman Brothers also wrote some of the great Disney theme park songs: It's a Small World After All, There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, The Best Time of Your Life, One Little Spark, Makin' Memories, and The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room.


    Again, there were many, many more.


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    Robert Sherman died on March 5th, 2012 at the age of 86. He is survived by his brother Richard and several children.
     
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    RIP. Lots of great music and the boys made for a great documentary.
     
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    I need to get that. I love all the extras on Mary Poppins. Such a "happy" DVD. I didn't know they worked on Tom Sawyer from 1974, assuming that's the one that credits Reader's Digest, Johnny Whitaker. The followup Huck Finn isn't nearly as good though.
     
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    It's a world of laughter, a world of tears

    It's a world of hope and a world of fears.

    There's so much that we share that it's time we're aware

    it's a small world after all.


    Chorus:

    It's a small world after all

    It's a small world after all

    It's a small world after all

    It's a small, small world.


    There is just one moon and one golden sun

    and a smile means friendship for everyone

    Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide

    it's a small world after all.


    Chorus:

    It's a small world after all

    It's a small world after all

    It's a small world after all

    It's a small, small world.


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    One of my prized possessions is the sheet music of It's a Small World (After All)...(considered by some the most often played song song in the world) signed by both Richard and Robert Sherman. I am a huge fan of Disney music to begin with...and am, therefore, be extension huge fans of the Brothers Sherman.

    In fact, I was (still am) a member of a Disney Music Internet Forum back in the late '90s and was recommended to come here to the HTF in 2001 when there was an issue with a DVD release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The rest (as they say) is history.
     
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    Oh. And bring on the blu-ray of Mary Poppins. Quickly--but correctly--please.
     
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    And could Mary look as good as Chitty Chitty on Bluray? Hard act to follow..
     
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    I guess I never realized how much of their music that I grew up with and loved so much. Thanks for the reminder Mike, a huge loss indeed. Not to be too picky but the one picture caption above has a problem - I only bring it up as I wanted to be sure who was who:


    (From L to R) Richard Sherman, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Richard Sherman.
     
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    Fixed. Sharp eyes, Christopher.
     

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