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Also Known As: Robert Bernard Sherman Died:
Born: December 19, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: lyricist, composer, screenwriter

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After completing service in the US Army during WWII (during which he earned a Purple Heart), Richard B Sherman began working as a freelance songwriter in tandem with his younger brother Richard. Together the Sherman brothers crafted popular hits like "Things I Might Have Been" and "Tall Paul" (1958), recorded by Annette Funicello. By 1960, the brothers had become associated with Walt Disney and his burgeoning empire. For just over a decade, they provided songs for a number of classic live-action and animated films, beginning with "The Absent-Minded Professor" and "The Parent Trap" (both 1961). After writing songs for the charming Arthurian cartoon "The Sword in the Stone" (1963), the Sherman brothers had their biggest success writing the melodic and infectious score for "Mary Poppins" (1964). A then-groundbreaking blend of live-action and animation, "Mary Poppins" contained several wonderful musical set pieces, including "A Spoonful of Sugar", the lively "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", the haunting "Feed the Birds" and the Oscar-winning "Chim Chim Cheree". Much of the score was a pastiche of English musical hall numbers and were skillfully delivered by Julie Andrews and Dick Van...

After completing service in the US Army during WWII (during which he earned a Purple Heart), Richard B Sherman began working as a freelance songwriter in tandem with his younger brother Richard. Together the Sherman brothers crafted popular hits like "Things I Might Have Been" and "Tall Paul" (1958), recorded by Annette Funicello. By 1960, the brothers had become associated with Walt Disney and his burgeoning empire. For just over a decade, they provided songs for a number of classic live-action and animated films, beginning with "The Absent-Minded Professor" and "The Parent Trap" (both 1961). After writing songs for the charming Arthurian cartoon "The Sword in the Stone" (1963), the Sherman brothers had their biggest success writing the melodic and infectious score for "Mary Poppins" (1964). A then-groundbreaking blend of live-action and animation, "Mary Poppins" contained several wonderful musical set pieces, including "A Spoonful of Sugar", the lively "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", the haunting "Feed the Birds" and the Oscar-winning "Chim Chim Cheree". Much of the score was a pastiche of English musical hall numbers and were skillfully delivered by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Following this achievement, the Shermans remained at Disney for the remainder of the decade, contributing efforts to "That Darn Cat!" (1965), "The Jungle Book" (1967) and "The Aristocats" (1970). A rare non-Disney song, the title tune for United Artists' "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), earned them an Academy Award nomination. By the time, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971) was released, the siblings had severed their ties to Disney, though the film did earn them Oscar nominations for Best Song Score and Best Song ("The Age of Not Believing"). They renewed their affiliation with United Artists, scripting and scoring adaptations of "Tom Sawyer" (1973) and "Huckleberry Finn" (1974). Also in 1974, the Sherman brothers debuted as Broadway composers with the Andrews Sisters musical "Over Here!", set during WWII. They were again nominated for Academy Awards the lovely lilting score and the title song from "The Slipper and the Rose" (1976), a charming version of the Cinderella story. Two years later, Sherman and his brother were again among the nominees for "When You're Loved" from "The Magic of Lassie". More recently, they have collaborated on the songs for the animated "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" (1990) and "The Mighty Kong" (lensed 1994-96).

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1943:
Served in the U.S. Army; awarded the Purple Heart
1953:
Worked as freelance songwriter with his brother Richard Sherman; co-wrote "Things I Might Have Been," recorded by Kitty Wells
1958:
Wrote "Tall Paul," recorded by Annette Funicello
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Formed Music World Publications
1964:
With Richard, co-wrote "it's a small world (after all)" for the 1964 New York World's Fair
1964:
Had biggest success with the songs for "Mary Poppins"; won Oscars for Best Song and Best Song Score
1968:
Wrote songs for rare non-Disney film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"; garnered Academy Award nomination for Best Song
1971:
Last screen collaboration with Disney, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"; nominated for music Academy Awards
1973:
Screenwriting debut (co-written with brother), "Tom Sawyer"; also wrote songs
1974:
Broadway debut as songwriter, "Over Here!"; musical starred Patty and Maxine Andrews
1976:
Co-scripted and scored "The Slipper and the Rose," adapted from the Cinderella story; earned Best Song Oscar nomination
1978:
Nominated for Best Song Academy Award for "When You're Loved" from "The Magic of Lassie"; also co-scripted
1990:
Wrote songs for the animated "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland"
1994:
Made rare acting appearance, playing a bar patron in "Beverly Hills Cop III"
1998:
Wrote song score for the animated film "The Mighty Kong"
2000:
With brother, penned the songs for the animated "The Tigger Movie"
2002:
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" adapted into a London West End musical; featured many new songs and a reworked score
2005:
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (June 9) alongside his brother Richard
2009:
Featured along with brother in the documentary "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story," co-directed by son Jeff Sherman and nephew (Richard's son) Gregory
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Education

Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1943
Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson , New York - 1949

Notes

Sherman and his brother wrote "It's a Small World", the theme song of Disneyland and Disney World.

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wife:
Joyce Ruth Sasner. Married on September 27, 1953.

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father:
Al Sherman. Songwriter.
mother:
Rosa Sherman.
brother:
Richard M Sherman. Songwriter. Younger; born on June 12, 1928.
daughter:
Laurie Shane Sherman.
son:
Jeffrey Craig Sherman.
daughter:
Andrea Tracy Sherman.
son:
Robert Jason Sherman.
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