Some of the Sherman Brothers’ greatest-known writing consists of the songs from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose, and the Disney theme park song “It truly is a Small World (After All)”.
In 1958 the Sherman Brothers had their 1st Top Ten hit with “Tall Paul”, sung by Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. The success of this song got the attention of Walt Disney, who eventually hired the Sherman brothers as staff songwriters for Walt Disney Studios.
While at Disney, the Sherman Brothers wrote what might be their most successful song: “It’s a Small World (After All),” for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Since then, “It’s a Small World (After All)” has become the most-translated and performed song on Earth.
In 1965, the Sherman Brothers won two Academy Awards for the film Mary Poppins (1964), which includes the songs “Feed The Birds,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and the Oscar winner, “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” After Mary Poppins, the Sherman Brothers won nine Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Awards, 4 Grammy Award nominations and 23 gold and platinum albums.
The Shermans worked directly for Walt Disney until Disney’s death in 1966. Since leaving the company, the brother songwriting group has worked freelance on scores of motion pictures, television shows, theme park exhibits and action musicals.
Their first non-Disney assignment came with Albert R. Broccoli’s motion picture production Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968, which garnered the brothers their third Academy Award Nomination. In 1973, the Sherman Brothers made history by becoming the only Americans ever to win First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival for Tom Sawyer, for which they as well wrote the screenplay.
|Name||Richard M. Sherman|
|Day of Birth||12-June-1928|
|Place of Birth||New York City, New York, USA|