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Beloved Disney Composer Richard M. Sherman Passes Away at 95

Beloved Disney Composer Richard M. Sherman Passes Away at 95

The Man Behind Iconic Melodies

Richard M. Sherman passed away at 95, leaving a legacy that transcends his work in music. Sherman will be remembered for his timeless classics. 

Sherman’s Career 

Sherman began working in film and television music in 1961, composing music for the TV series Zorro. Sherman’s work was typically a team effort with his older brother, Robert B. Sherman. Although the Sherman brothers would go on to compose classics within their respective genres, their beginnings with Disney were rather humble. Together, they composed “The Strummin’ Song, which would be featured in a made-for-television movie, The Horsemasters. Their first contribution to a theatrical release is in the film The Absent-Minded Professor. In 1964, the brothers would write the song “It’s a Small World (After All),” which is still featured at Disney theme parks worldwide. The song has been translated into many different languages and is featured at theme parks in Japan, France, and Hong Kong. The Sherman brothers achieved major success the following year, winning their first two Academy Awards for their efforts in the movie Mary Poppins (1964). In addition to winning an award for Best Original Score, their song “Chim Chim Cher-ee” also won Best Original Song. Richard would enjoy nearly 60 more years of remarkable success, remaining active in the industry as recently as last year.

Legacy and Loving Family

Disney released a statement yesterday about Sherman’s passing, citing “age-related illness.” He was reported to have spent his last hours at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. Sherman outlived his brother and colleague by over a decade, as Robert B. Sherman passed away in 2012. Richard M. Sherman is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Gluck, as well as his three children and six grandchildren. The last decade of Sherman’s life was spent in the entertainment industry as a musician, composer, songwriter, and music consultant. Last year, he lent his talents to the Disney short Once Upon a Studio as a piano player. The short was produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Disney.  

Once Upon a Studio, as well as Sherman’s other work, can be streamed on the streaming service Disney+. 

Once Upon a Studio (2023) Official Walt Disney Animation Studios Short

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