Disney Legend Robert Sherman dies at age 86
Robert Sherman, 86, songwriter and Disney Legend, passed away Monday, March 5 in London, where he had lived since 2002. Sherman, and his brother Richard – best known as “The Sherman Brothers” – are famous for writing so many of the songs that we have come to know and love.
The brothers wrote such songs as “It’s a Small World,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “Feed the Birds,” among scores of others.
Robert and Richard were honored with two Oscars for their work on Mary Poppins – one for best score and one for best song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”). As staff composers at Disney, other films that they worked on were “The Parent Trap,” “The Jungle Book,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” and the Winnie the Pooh series.
Sherman’s son Jeff posted the news of his father’s death on his Facebook page last night, saying:
Hello to family and friends,
I have very sad news to convey.
My Dad, Robert B. Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more.
I will write more about this incredible man I love and admire so much when I am better rested and composed. He deserves that.
In the meantime, please say a prayer for him. As he said, he wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded. His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever. Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world.
I love you, Dad.
We know that Robert is up in the skies, playing “Feed the Birds” on the piano while he and Walt sing it in perfect harmony.