The world of Disney mourns the loss of one of its musical legends. Richard M. Sherman, whose melodies have become an indelible part of our childhoods, has passed away at the age of 95. Alongside his brother Robert, Richard gifted us timeless classics like “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins and the global anthem, “It’s a Small World (After All),” arguably the most played tune on Earth.

In a heartfelt announcement by The Walt Disney Company, they hailed the Shermans’ songs as “magnificent and timeless,” emphasizing how generations have been introduced to Disney magic through their work. Richard and Robert’s collaboration earned them two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, not to mention a Grammy and numerous other accolades, including 23 gold and platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The brothers’ influence spanned beyond Disney, touching Broadway with musicals like Over Here!, as well as films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Their incredible range, from enchantments like Winnie the Pooh to the jazzy beats of The Jungle Book, showcased their unique ability to connect with audiences of all ages. A true testament to their versatility was their National Medal of Arts awarded by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Richard fondly remembered their collaborative magic in a 2005 interview with The Associated Press, emphasizing a lifelong synergy that began in college. “Being brothers, we sort of short-cut each other…We can almost look at each other and know, ‘Hey, you’re onto something, kiddo,'” he shared.

Even as they pursued individual interests, the Shermans’ bond remained unbroken, living close to one another in Beverly Hills and continuing their creative partnership well into their 70s. Though Robert passed away in 2012, Richard continued to honor their shared legacy, recently contributing new lyrics and songs for the Broadway adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2005.

Richard Sherman is survived by his wife Elizabeth and children Gregory and Victoria, along with a daughter, Lynda, from a previous marriage. As Disney promises a future celebration of his life, let’s take a moment to cherish the music that has brought so much joy to our hearts. Share your favorite Sherman Brothers’ song in the comments below and join us in celebrating the irreplaceable magic they created.

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[Source: NZ Herald; AP]

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