“Mary Poppins” Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

11:00 PM PST 3/5/2012 by Sophie A. Schillaci // The Hollywood Reporter
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He and his brother penned many tunes for Disney, including songs from “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Songwriter Robert Sherman, best known for penning the infectious Disney tunes “It’s a Small World After All” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” died Monday, March 5 in London.

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While few details are currently known about the circumstances, news of the 86-year-old’s death was posted by Sherman’s son Jeff late Monday evening via Facebook. Read the full statement below.

Sherman had accumulated a slew of prestigious awards throughout his career, including two Academy Awards, one Grammy Award and many more nominations. With his brother Richard Sherman — together known as The Sherman Brothers — he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976. The duo was featured in a retrospective album, released by Disney Records in 1992, titled The Sherman Brothers: Disney’s Supercalifragilistic Songwriting Team.

Sherman was born on Dec. 19, 1925 in New York City.

Read son Jeff’s post below:

Hello to family and friends,

I have very sad news to convey. 

My Dad, Robert B. Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more. 

I will write more about this incredible man I love and admire so much when I am better rested and composed. He deserves that. 

In the meantime, please say a prayer for him. As he said, 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.

Safe travels.




. . . oh, “Mary Poppins” . . . a movie my brother and I would watch on repeat as children, and one that I continue to watch on repeat now. The format I view the film on may change, but my adoration for it never does; it’s a film that was way ahead of its time, and yet — the story, music, and performances remain classic.

For anyone who has ever indulged me and watched “Mary Poppins” with me — I say thank you. To those who were SUCH good sports as to even watch it multiple times in a row with me because my adoration for it was just so palpable — (you know who you are) — well . . . there really aren’t any words for it, now, are there . . . :)

Tonight I watch “Mary Poppins” in your honor, Mr. Sherman.  R.I.P.

with passion & gratitude — jennifer


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