Robert Sherman, one half of the famous composing team The Sherman Brothers died yesterday in London at the age of 86. Robert and brother Richard Sherman composed some of the most famous music around the world enjoyed by millions.
Robert Sherman was born on December 19, 1925 in New York City. Sherman served in the US Military during World War II at the age of 17. He would later credit that his time serving in England would help in his songwriting. Sherman would find success when working with Walt Disney on scoring the music for a majority of his films from Mary Poppin’s which won him two Academy Awards, Winnie The Pooh, The Parent Trap and The Jungle Book to name a few of the scores he worked on with his brother.
When Walt Disney decided to work on the his theme park Disneyland he brought in the brother’s to give the music to the park like entering a movie. One of the most popular scores in the park was for the It’s a Small World attraction that was first used for the New York World’s Fair attraction and then after placed into the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim. They would also compose the song “There’s Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” that can still be heard today at the parks as well.
The composing team received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976 and received the National Medal for the Arts in 2008. Robert’s son Jeff Sherman confirmed his death yesterday with a Facebook past that you can read below.
Hello to family and friends,
I have very sad news to convey.Â
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.Â
I will write more about this incredible man I love and admire so much when I am better rested and composed. He deserves that.Â
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.Â
I love you, Dad.