The magical world of Disney has lost one of its most cherished legends. Richard M. Sherman, one-half of the illustrious Sherman Brothers, who together composed some of the most unforgettable melodies for Disney films, passed away at the age of 95.

According to the Walt Disney Company, Sherman died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, with age-related illnesses cited as the cause. If there were a sound that defined Disney magic, it would undoubtedly be tied to Richard and his brother Robert, who passed away in 2012. Their journey began in 1959 when “Tall Paul,” their song, climbed to #7 on the charts, capturing Walt Disney’s attention and subsequently leading them to become the studio’s go-to songwriters.

The Sherman Brothers’ legacy is monumental. From scoring timeless classics like “The Jungle Book,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “The Aristocats,” and “The Parent Trap” to the iconic theme song for Disneyland’s “It’s A Small World,” their contributions are many. However, nothing perhaps stands as tall as their work on “Mary Poppins.” For this film, Richard secured two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Original Song, cementing their spot in cinematic history.

But their talents weren’t confined to Disney alone. The Shermans also penned tunes for beloved non-Disney films like “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Magic of Lassie,” and “The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella,” showcasing their versatile genius.

In recognition of their indelible mark on music and culture, Richard and Robert were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, followed by the prestigious National Medal of the Arts several years later. Despite his rich legacy, Richard remained active, last appearing in the short film “Once Upon A Studio” just last year.

Richard Sherman leaves behind his wife Elizabeth, son Gregory, daughters Victoria and Lynda, and numerous grandchildren. A private service will take place on May 31. As we remember Richard M. Sherman, we celebrate the joy and magic he brought to countless lives around the world. Share your favorite Sherman Brothers song in the comments below and let’s cherish the melodies that will forever be a part of our cherished Disney memories.

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