Above: Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman at the London Palladium in 2002 during the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stage Musical.


Description: Composers of songs. USA

Known For: Best-known song, “Its a Small World (after all)”

Music Styles: Popular

Location: United States of America


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The Sherman Brothers

An Academy Award-winning American songwriting duo that specialize in musical films, made up of:

Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925)

Richard M. Sherman (born June 12, 1928).

The Sherman Brothers wrote more motion-picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history, working for Walt Disney during the last six years of his life.

Film scores of the Sherman Brothers include Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Beverly Hills Cop III.

Sons of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Robert and Richard Sherman began writing songs together in 1951 on a challenge from their father, Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman. The brothers wrote together and with different songwriting partners throughout the rest of the decade.

In 1958, Robert founded the music publishing company Music World Corporation, which later enjoyed a landmark relationship with Disney’s BMI-affiliated publishing arm, Wonderland Music Company.

The Sherman Brothers had their first top-ten hit with “Tall Paul,” sung by Mouseketeer Judy Harriet on the Surf Records label and then covered by Mouseketeer Annette Funicello.

They also wrote what is perhaps their best-known song, “It’s a Small World (after all)” for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

In 1965, the Sherman Brothers won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, which includes the songs “Feed The Birds,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and the Oscar-winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”

Since Mary Poppins’ premiere, the Shermans have subsequently earned nine Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Awards, four Grammy Award nominations, and an incredible 23 gold- and platinum-certified albums.

The Sherman Brothers’ numerous other Disney and non-Disney top box office film credits include.

The Jungle Book (1967)
The Aristocats (1970)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Parent Trap (1998)
Charlotte’s Web (1973)
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977)
Snoopy, Come Home (1972)
Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971)
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992).

In 2002, Chitty hit the London stage, receiving rave reviews. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is currently the most successful stage show ever produced at the London Palladium, boasting the longest run in that century-old theater’s history.

Compositions include.

The Parent Trap, 1961
Adventures in Color
A Symposium on Popular Songs, 1962
In Search of the Castaways, 1962
Summer Magic, 1963
The Sword in the Stone, 1963
Big Red, 1963
Mary Poppins, 1964
The Happiest Millionaire, 1967
The Jungle Book, 1967
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, 1968
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968
The Aristocats, 1970
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971
Snoopy, Come Home, 1972 (also performed songs “Me and You” and “Getting It Together” for the soundtrack)
Charlotte’s Web, 1973
Tom Sawyer, 1973
Huckleberry Finn, 1974
The Slipper and the Rose, 1976
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 1977
The Magic of Lassie, 1978
Magic Journeys, 1982
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, 1983
An American Tail, 1986
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, 1992
The Mighty Kong, 1998
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving, 1999
The Tigger Movie, 2000