In a poignant farewell to one of Disney’s legendary luminaries, Richard M. Sherman has passed away at the age of 95. Sherman, alongside his brother Robert, crafted some of the most enchanting melodies that have shaped Disney’s magical kingdom. From the whimsical tunes of “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book” to the infectiously memorable “It’s a Small World (After All),” the Shermans have left an indelible mark on generations of fans.

Together, the Sherman Brothers’ contributions earned them two Academy Awards for the 1964 Disney classic, “Mary Poppins.” The duo took home the Oscar for both Best Score and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” and also secured a Grammy for the best movie or TV score. Richard’s passing was announced by The Walt Disney Company, which remembered his and Robert’s work as “the quintessential lyrical voice of Walt Disney.”

Their illustrious career spanned hundreds of songs and scores, including timeless hits for films like “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Aristocats,” and many more. Additionally, the Sherman Brothers ventured into Broadway with productions of “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” further showcasing their versatile talent.

A testament to their legacy, the Shermans received numerous accolades over the years, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and the National Medal of Arts awarded by President George W. Bush in 2008. Walt Disney’s advice to the brothers to “write for grandpa and the 4-year-old — and everyone in between” carried through their work, producing songs that could be enjoyed by all ages.

Richard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his children Gregory and Victoria, and a daughter from a previous marriage, Lynda. While the family will have a private funeral, Disney has plans for a celebration of life service, details of which will be shared later.

The legacy of the Sherman Brothers remains a cornerstone of Disney’s rich musical history. We invite you to share your favorite Richard M. Sherman songs and memories in the comments. Let’s celebrate the joy and magic he brought into our lives with his unforgettable music!

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