From left, Mickey Mouse, Elizabeth Sherman, songwriter Richard M. Sherman, and Minnie Mouse beamed with pride as the historic Orchestra Stage was renamed the Sherman Brothers Stage A. This dedication took place at Disney’s Burbank studio lot just before the premiere of “Christopher Robin” on July 30, 2018, a fitting tribute to the brothers who crafted the melodies that defined our childhoods. Richard M. Sherman, one of Disney’s legendary musical magicians, passed away on May 25, 2024, at the age of 95.

Walt Disney personally invited Richard and Robert Sherman to join his Burbank studio as full-time staff songwriters in 1960. Known affectionately by Disney as “the boys,” the Shermans created an incredible array of memorable songs, many of which have become timeless classics. They were the masterminds behind “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins,” earning them Oscars for best score and best song with the haunting “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”

The Shermans’ contributions went beyond “Mary Poppins,” leaving their lyrical and melodic imprints on Disney films like “The Jungle Book,” “The Aristocats,” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” Their talents extended to theme park attractions with unforgettable tunes like “It’s a Small World (After All)” and “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” Their music captured the essence of Disney’s spirit, bringing joy and lightness that will last forever.

Richard Sherman’s passing marks the end of an era, following his brother Robert, who died in 2012. Richard’s wife of 66 years, Elizabeth, their son Gregory, daughter Victoria Wolf, and their grandchildren continue to cherish his legacy. Notably, their sons documented the brothers’ intricate relationship and remarkable journey in the 2009 documentary “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story.”

Over their storied careers, the Shermans amassed numerous accolades, including a Tony Award nomination, multiple Oscar nominations, and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Post-Disney, their legacy extended with projects like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Tom Sawyer,” and the Tony-nominated musical “Over Here!”

In Richard’s own words, working with Disney was a high point in their lives. His storytelling through music created a vibrant mosaic that will forever be woven into the Disney tapestry. Share your cherished memories of the Shermans’ songs in the comments below, and feel free to share this story with fellow Disney music enthusiasts.

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