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Disney songwriter Richard M. Sherman dies aged 95

27 May 2024, 14:46 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

As reported by Variety, the legendary Disney songwriter Richard M. Sherman has passed away at the age of 95.

“Richard Sherman was the embodiment of what it means to be a Disney Legend, creating along with his brother Robert the beloved classics that have become a cherished part of the soundtrack of our lives,” CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger shared in a statement.

“From films like Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book to attractions like It’s A Small World, the music of the Sherman Brothers has captured the hearts of generations of audiences. We are forever grateful for the mark Richard left on the world, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

The Sherman brothers’ first official work for Walt Disney and the studio behind him was “Let’s Get Together,” sung by Hayley Mills in 1961’s The Parent Trap. They were soon contracted as in-house songwriters for the company, and over the next decade they wrote songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Sword And The Stone, Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day, and many more.

Alongside his older brother Robert B. Sherman, the Sherman Brothers composed the iconic tracks, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful Of Sugar” which feature in the 1964 film, Mary Poppins, and won them two Oscars.

Richard M. Sherman has died of an age-related illness.

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