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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:||Music ... lyricist composer screenwriter|
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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