Richard Sherman (1928-2024)

Richard Sherman (1928-2024)

Richard Morton Sherman (June 12, 1928 – May 25, 2024) was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Robert B. Sherman. According to the official Walt Disney Company website and independent fact-checkers, “The Sherman Brothers were responsible for more motion picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history.”

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Some of the Sherman Brothers’ best known songs were incorporated into live action and animation musical films including Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Snoopy Come Home, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Slipper and the Rose, and Charlotte’s Web.

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Their most well known work is “It’s a Small World (After All)”, written for the theme park attraction of the same name. According to Time, it may be the most publicly performed song in history.

List of works

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Major film scores

The Parent Trap (1961)
Big Red (1962)
In Search of the Castaways (1962)
Summer Magic (1963)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
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)
Charlotte's Web (1973)
The Adventures of 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)
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992)
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
The Tigger Movie (2000)
Iron Man 2 (2010) (Composed the song "Make Way For Tomorrow Today". Instrumental versions were later featured in Captain America: The First Avenger and Avengers: Endgame)
The Jungle Book (2016)[21]
Christopher Robin (2018)

Motion picture screenplays

A Symposium on Popular Songs, 1962
Mary Poppins, 1964 (*treatment only),
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1973
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1974
The Slipper and the Rose, 1976
The Magic of Lassie, 1978
Ferdinand the Bull, 1986 (*TV screenplay)

Stage musicals

Victory Canteen, 1971 (Ivar Theatre, L.A.)
Over Here!, 1974 (Broadway, NY)
Dawgs, 1983 (Variety Arts Center, L.A.)
Busker Alley, 1995 (U.S. Tour)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2002 (London)
Mary Poppins, 2004 (London)
On the Record, 2004-5 (U.S. Tour)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2005 (Broadway, NY)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2005 (UK Tour)
Busker Alley, 2006 (Broadway, NY - *one night only)
Mary Poppins, 2006 (Broadway, NY)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2007 (Singapore)
Mary Poppins, 2008 (UK Tour)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2008 (Second UK Tour)
Mary Poppins, 2008 (Stockholm)
Mary Poppins, 2009 (US Tour)
Mary Poppins, 2009 (Copenhagen)
Mary Poppins, 2009 (Shanghai)
Mary Poppins, 2010 (Australia)
Mary Poppins, 2009 (South Africa)
Mary Poppins, 2009 (The Hague)
Mary Poppins, 2009 (Helsinki)
Mary Poppins, 2012 (Budapest)
Summer Magic, 2012 (Morristown, Tennessee)
The Jungle Book, 2013 (Chicago, Illinois)
The Jungle Book, 2013 (Boston, Massachusetts)
A Spoonful of Sherman, 2014 (London)
Mary Poppins, 2015 (Vienna, Austria)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2015–16 (UK Tour)
Mary Poppins, 2015–16 (UK Tour)
A Spoonful of Sherman, 2017 (London)
A Spoonful of Sherman, 2018 (UK/Ireland Tour)
A Spoonful of Sherman, 2019 (San Jose, CA)
A Spoonful of Sherman, 2019 (Singapore)
Mary Poppins, 2019 (London)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 2021 (UK Tour)

Theme park songs

There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow for Carousel of Progress
The Best Time of Your Life for Carousel of Progress
Miracles from Molecules for Adventure Thru Inner Space
One Little Spark for Journey into Imagination
Magic Journeys for Magic Journeys
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Pooh's Hunny Hunt
it's a small world (after all) for the 1964 New York World's Fair attraction, Pepsi Presents WALT DISNEY'S "it's a small world" – a Salute to UNICEF and the World's Children, then adapted to each Disney Park installation of "It's a Small World"
The Astuter Computer Revue for the 1982 premiere of the CommuniCore Exhibit at EPCOT.
Magic Highways for Rocket Rods
Making Memories for Magic Journeys
The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room for Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
We Meet the World with Love and Meet the World for the same exhibit in Tokyo Disneyland
Kiss Goodnight exit music from Disneyland Forever for Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular show, originally sung by Ashley Brown.

Disney legend Richard Sherman, songwriter of ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘It’s a Small World,’ dies at 95