Mary Poppins lyricist Richard Sherman dies at 95

Composer Richard M. Sherman, who wrote songs for Disney film classics such as Mary Poppins, has died in Beverly Hills at the age of 95.

Sherman teamed up with his late brother Robert, and the pair won two Oscars in 1965 for their work in Mary Poppins.

Some of the brothers’ most famous songs include Trust in Me from The Jungle Book and Truly Scrumptious from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

His death was announced A statement by Disney saidSherman died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles “due to age-related illness,” the report said.

The Sherman brothers were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and were awarded the US National Medal of Arts in 2008.

The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Winnie the Pooh shorts were among other Disney productions that featured his words and music.

Both brothers were featured in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the creation of Mary Poppins.

Released a year after his brother’s death, In March 2012Actors Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak played the two brothers in the film, and they also composed and co-wrote the film’s hit songs.

His catchy and energetic song Supercalifragilisticapellidocious became a pop hit, charting on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.

For their contribution to the film, the brothers were awarded Oscars for Best Musical Score and Best Original Song for ‘Chim Chim Cheri’.

During his 65-year career, Sherman became part of Walt Disney’s “inner circle of creative talents,” the entertainment company said.

He was born on June 12, 1928, in New York City and won three Grammy Awards and 24 gold and platinum albums, Disney’s statement said.

He also earned a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his service to the arts industry.

As reported by US media, the Sherman brothers wrote more than 150 songs at Disney, including the music for the 1961 film The Parent Trap, which was given new life in 1998 starring a young Lindsay Lohan.

Sherman continues to play an active role in composing musical scores even in his advancing age. In 2023, he wrote a new song with composer Fabrizio Mancinelli for Disney Legend Andreas Deja’s animated short film Mushka.

Sherman is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sherman, children and grandchildren.

His funeral will be held on May 31 in California.


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