Legendary Disney songwriter dies at 86

Robert Sherman, the man behind nanny Mary Poppins’ famous tongue-twister tune “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” died yesterday in London at the age of 86. Sherman and his brother Richard were the duo responsible for writing songs and composing scores for popular Disney films like Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Sword in the Stone and The Aristocats. They wrote over 150 songs for Disney, one of which has arguably become one of their most recognized and most translated tracks around the world — “It’s a Small World (After All).” The song was a project personally assigned to them by Mr. Walt Disney. Since their partnership started decades ago, the Sherman brothers have earned a list of prestigious awards, including two Oscars for Mary Poppins, a Grammy, several Golden Globe nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They were also inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2005 and were honored by President George W. Bush in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. “His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever,” Robert’s son Jeffrey said via Facebook. “Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world.”

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  1. Superstar • March 6, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

    What I’d really like to know is how they came up with Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…I used to say it all the time as a kid but i never knew where it even came from. RIP!

  2. robert • March 6, 2012 @ 4:35 PM

    This is so sad! I grew up with Disney. Jungle book, eh? I wonder if he wrote “I wanna be like you.” That is hands down one of, if not THE best disney song. Disney movies today may have advanced in terms of animation but the music leaves a lot to be desired. The music from before was way better!

  3. TheTruth • March 7, 2012 @ 11:09 AM

    I have no idea who this man is and my condolences go out to his family. I too, grew up watching most of, if not all of the Disney classics and I would have to agree with you robert 100%.

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