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Richard Sherman, Renowned Composer of Children’s Classics, Passes Away at 95

Los Angeles: Richard Sherman, who specialised in musical films, has passed away at the age of 95. Known for his timeless compositions alongside his older brother Robert Sherman, Richard’s music has delighted generations of children. Together, they created memorable songs for iconic films such as “The Jungle Book,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

A Legacy at Disney

From 1960 to 1973, Richard and Robert Sherman were integral members of Disney’s music department. During this period, they composed over 200 songs for 27 films and numerous television shows. The duo’s prolific output cemented their place in the annals of cinematic history. Robert Sherman passed away in 2012, but their collaborative legacy endures.

Award-Winning Work

The Shermans’ work on “Mary Poppins,” released in 1964, earned them an Oscar for the song “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Richard often sang the melodies that Robert wrote, though he occasionally penned the lyrics himself. Their harmonious partnership produced some of the most cherished songs in film history.

Early Life and Education

Richard Morton Sherman was born on June 12, 1928, in Manhattan, New York. His father, Al Sherman, was a songwriter, and his mother, Rosa, was an actress. Richard’s musical education began at Beverly Hills High School, where he studied piano, flute, and piccolo. He furthered his studies in music at Bard College in New York.

A Lifelong Passion

Despite his father’s warnings about the challenges of writing and selling songs, Richard and Robert Sherman captivated the hearts of children worldwide. Richard continued his work well into his later years, writing new lyrics for the 2016 remake of “The Jungle Book” and composing songs for the 2018 film “Christopher Robin.”

Richard Sherman’s enduring contributions to music and film have left an indelible mark on popular culture, ensuring that his melodies will be cherished for generations to come.

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