The Disney community is mourning the loss of Richard M. Sherman, one half of the beloved Sherman Brothers duo whose timeless songs have formed the soundtrack of so many childhoods. Richard, who co-wrote classics like “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” and the iconic “It’s a Small World (After All),” passed away at the age of 95.

Richard, along with his late brother Robert, was behind the magic of many Disney musical scores. The duo won two Academy Awards for their work on Disney’s 1964 hit “Mary Poppins” and produced enduring melodies that continue to bring joy to generations. In a touching remembrance, the Walt Disney Company highlighted that “Generations of moviegoers and theme park guests have been introduced to the world of Disney through the Sherman brothers’ magnificent and timeless songs.”

The Sherman brothers’ catalog of memorable tunes goes far beyond “It’s a Small World.” They were the musical geniuses behind songs for beloved films such as “Winnie the Pooh,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” and “The Jungle Book.” Their work was not limited to the silver screen; they also brought their musical talents to Broadway with productions including “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Richard often spoke of the unique bond he shared with his brother, noting that “something good happens when we sit down together and work.” This synergy was evident in their ability to create music that resonated across ages, a skill cultivated under Walt Disney’s guidance to never write down to a child but create for both young and old alike.

Their impressive careers garnered numerous accolades, including 23 gold and platinum albums, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Richard also received the National Medal of Arts in 2008, honoring the brothers for their extraordinary contributions to American music.

Richard Sherman leaves behind a legacy of enchanting music that will continue to inspire joy and nostalgia. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, their two children, Gregory and Victoria, and his daughter, Lynda, from a previous marriage. A private funeral will be held, with Disney announcing plans for a public celebration of life.

We encourage you to share your favorite Sherman Brothers song in the comments below and join us in celebrating the life of Richard M. Sherman. His melodies will forever be a magical part of our Disney memories. 🌟

Source: [Detroit News](

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