Tuesday, March 6, 2012

RIP Robert B. Sherman

In childhood-crushing news: Oscar-winning songwriter and legendary Disney composer Robert B. Sherman died yesterday in London. He was 86.

Robert, along with his brother Richard Sherman, composed It's a Small World and the scores to Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Aristocats, and the non-Disney classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. [Ed. note: This reads like a play-by-play of my youth].

Sherman won a raft of awards throughout his career, including two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins and two Grammy Awards in conjunction with his brother Richard.

Known as the Sherman Brothers, the pair were honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976.

The Sherman brothers were the subject of a documentary in 2009 entitled The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story, which chronicled the professional growth and estrangement between the Academy Award-winning music composing team through the years.

From his son Jeff's Facebook page:
"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. 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."
More on the life of this great music man can be read at the Mirror.

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