Disney songwriter Robert B Sherman dies at age 86

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Disney Vacation Guide: Disney songwriter dies at age 86

The next time we visit the It’s a Small World attraction in the Magic Kingdom, we will be sure to pause and offer up a quiet thank you to the man responsible for the iconic song we all know the words to.

Robert Sherman, along with his brother Richard, was responsible for writing some of the most enduring and best known songs in Walt Disney history, including It’s a Small World (After All). The sibling duo received two Oscars in 1965 for their work on Mary Poppins (Best Original Music Score and Best Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”).

Robert B. Sherman dies at age 86

Robert passed away in London after months of “truly valiantly fending off death,” according to his son, Jeffrey.

Jeffrey Sherman was also quoted as saying about his father, “He wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded. His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever. Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world. I love you, Dad.”

Besides penning Mary Poppins classics, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and A Spoonful of Sugar, the Shermans were also involved in writing songs for The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and several Winnie the Pooh shorts.

Other Accolades

Robert and Richard Sherman were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and were awarded the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

Robert Sherman was a decorated World War II soldier, a painter, screenwriter and novelist.

What he gave to the world through his work with the Walt Disney Company will outlive us all. Thank you Mr. Sherman. Rest in peace.

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