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RICHARD M. SHERMAN, one half of the famous Sherman Brothers songwriting team, is a leading composer-lyricist in family entertainment. His career spans five decades and includes winning two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins (score) and "Chim-Chim-Cheree" (song). The Sherman Brothers also wrote the most translated and performed song on earth, "it's a small world (after all)." Musical honors include nine Oscar nominations, three Grammy awards, 24 Gold and Platinum albums, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Shermans first gained recognition in popular music with such top-10 hits as "You're Sixteen," "Let's Get Together," and "Tall Paul." 1960 marked the start of their 10-year exclusive association with Walt Disney. As his staff songwriters, they wrote over 200 songs for his films, TV shows, and theme parks. Their 36 Disney feature films include Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Happiest Millionaire, The Family Band, The Sword in the Stone, and the Winnie the Pooh series.
They went on to write song scores for Snoopy Come Home, Charlotte's Web, the Broadway musical hit Over Here!, and the fantasmagorical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The brothers then created both screenplays and song scores for Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Magic of Lassie, and The Slipper and the Rose, chosen as the 1976 royal command film. More recently, they wrote the songs for the stage musical Busker Alley and for the Disney animated hit, The Tigger Movie, and "The Wonderful Song" from Beverly Hills Cop III.