9 Classic Tunes from the Late Disney Songwriter Robert Sherman
Over the course of his career, Robert B. Sherman and his brother Richard wrote some of the most endearing and indelible songs tied to the Disney legacy, including their "It's a Small World (After All)" theme park ditty and the music for Mary Poppins that earned them two Academy Awards. In honor of the elder Sherman, who passed away this week at the age of 86, let's traipse down memory lane and revisit some of the Sherman Brothers' most enduring contributions.
"Let's Get Together" (The Parent Trap)
"It's a Small World (After All)"
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (Mary Poppins)
"Chim Chim Cher-ee" (Mary Poppins)
"A Spoonful of Sugar" (Mary Poppins)
"I Wan'na Be Like You" (The Jungle Book)
"Portobello Road" (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
"The Age of Not Believing" (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
"Winnie the Pooh" Theme
If you ask me movie music doesn't get much better than the Mary Poppins songbook, though the Sherman Bros. enjoyed long careers that also included composing music for films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Aristocats, and Charlotte's Web. (For more on Robert and Richard Sherman, check out the 2009 doc The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story.) Leave your favorites in the comments below.