Robert Sherman, one half of the Disney songwriting team the Sherman Brothers, has died. He was 86.
If you’ve ever sung a Disney song, chances are it was written by the multi-award-winning Sherman Brothers. Their songs are found in the movies Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Parent Trap, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, as well as non-Disney movies Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Charlotte’s Web.
Their songs also are found at Disneyland — the Sherman Brothers are responsible for “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” and everyone’s favorite get-stuck-in-your-head-for-days anthem “it’s a small world (after all).
Robert Sherman and his brother Richard were the subject of a 2009 documentary titled “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story” which detailed the prolific songwriting duo’s strained relationship. In 2010 the brothers received a window on Main Street at Disneyland — the highest honor bestowed to a cast member.
Condolences to Mr. Sherman’s family, friends and fans. I’ll be playing Walt’s favorite Sherman Brothers song, “Feed the Birds,” in my head as I fall sleep tonight.