Richard M. Sherman, the Luminary Behind Disney’s Musical Magic, Passes Away at 95

Disney fans around the globe are mourning the loss of Richard M. Sherman, the mastermind behind some of the most iconic melodies in Disney history. Richard, who, along with his brother Robert, formed the magical duo known as the Sherman Brothers, passed away on Saturday at the age of 95 in Beverly Hills, as confirmed by The Walt Disney Company in a touching obituary.

Sherman, who died from age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was intricately woven into the fabric of Disney’s golden age. His creative genius contributed to timeless classics like “Mary Poppins,” where unforgettable songs such as “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” were born, as well as the universally beloved theme park anthem, “It’s a Small World (After All).”

Walt Disney himself saw the Shermans as vital to his inner circle of creative talent. Their work earned the brothers two Academy Awards and three Grammys, with music that defined the Disney experience. Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, expressed profound admiration and gratitude for Richard’s contributions, stating, “Richard Sherman was the embodiment of what it means to be a Disney Legend… We are forever grateful for the mark Richard left on the world.”

The Shermans’ Disney journey began when they wrote “Tall Paul” for Annette Funicello, a Mouseketeer from The Mickey Mouse Club. This led to their first major Disney hit, “Let’s Get Together” for the 1961 film “The Parent Trap.” The brothers then went on to pen music for many Disney classics, including “The Jungle Book” and “The Sword in the Stone,” and even ventured into writing screenplays for live-action films like the 1976 musical “The Slipper and the Rose.”

Beyond their Disney success, the Sherman Brothers left their mark on projects such as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and the Broadway show “Over Here!,” showcasing their versatility and enduring appeal. Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios, recounted Richard’s boundless enthusiasm for life, which continued to inspire even in his later years.

Richard Sherman recently appeared in the 2023 short film “Once Upon a Studio,” commemorating Disney’s 100-year milestone. He leaves behind a legacy of joy and wonder, survived by his wife Elizabeth, his children, and grandchildren.

What are your favorite Richard M. Sherman tunes? Share your thoughts and memories in the comments section below, and let’s celebrate the enduring magic he brought into our lives!