Richard Sherman, songwriter for Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, dies aged 95

Richard Sherman, songwriter for Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, dies aged 95

Sherman and late brother Robert’s songs remain ‘quintessential lyrical voice of Walt Disney’, says company

Richard Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of brothers who helped form millions of childhoods by penning the instantly memorable songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – as well as the most-played tune on Earth, It’s a Small World (After All) – has died. He was 95.

Sherman, together with his late brother Robert, won two Academy Awards for Walt Disney’s 1964 smash Mary Poppins – best score and best song, Chim Chim Cher-ee. They also picked up a Grammy for best movie or TV score. Robert Sherman died in London at the age of 86 in 2012.

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