Richard M. Sherman, the formidable songwriter who, along with his brother Robert, penned some of the most iconic songs for Disney classics, passed away at 95 on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills due to age-related illness. Known for their indelible contributions to beloved films such as “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” the Sherman brothers crafted melodies that have become an integral part of many childhoods and beyond.

Throughout his illustrious 65-year career, Richard Sherman amassed a remarkable list of achievements, including nine Academy Award nominations, two Oscar wins for “Mary Poppins” (1964), three Grammy Awards, and a treasure trove of 24 gold and platinum albums. A key member of Walt Disney’s inner circle, Richard and Robert Sherman created more motion picture song scores than any other songwriting team.

“Richard Sherman was the embodiment of what it means to be a Disney Legend,” said Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “From films like ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ to theme park attractions like ‘it’s a small world,’ the music of the Sherman Brothers has captured the hearts of generations. We are forever grateful for the mark Richard left on the world, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

Born on June 12, 1928, in New York City, Richard followed in the melodic footsteps of his Tin Pan Alley songwriter father, Al Sherman. His family moved to Beverly Hills in 1937, where Richard’s musical journey continued to blossom. After his service as a conductor in the United States Army, he, along with his brother, broke into the mainstream with “Tall Paul,” recorded by Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, which caught the eye of Walt Disney and led to a long-term songwriting role at Disney Studios.

The Sherman brothers’ enduring legacy includes not only film classics but also unforgettable theme park music such as “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” and “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room.” Their song “It’s a Small World” is fondly described by Richard as “a prayer for peace.”

Richard leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth, their children, and grandchildren. He leaves a melody-filled legacy that will continue to enchant generations to come. His brother Robert passed away in 2012. A private funeral for Richard will be held on May 31 in Los Angeles, with a public celebration of his life announced at a later date.

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