Richard M. Sherman, Legendary Disney Songwriter, Passes Away at 95

Richard M. Sherman, Legendary Disney Songwriter, Passes Away at 95

Richard M. Sherman, one half of the renowned Sherman Brothers songwriting duo responsible for some of Disney‘s most beloved hits, has passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. The Walt Disney Company confirmed his death, attributing it to age-related illness.

Richard and his brother Robert achieved their first major success in 1959 with the song “Tall Paul,” which reached #7 on the charts. Their talent caught the eye of Walt Disney, leading to their appointment as staff songwriters for Walt Disney Studios. They went on to craft a legendary career with timeless classics like “Jungle Book,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “Aristocats,” and “The Parent Trap,” among others. Their work extended beyond Disney, including compositions for films such as “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Magic of Lassie,” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

Richard M. Sherman, Legendary Disney Songwriter, Passes Away at 95

“Mary Poppins” stands as one of their most iconic films, earning Richard two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Original Song. The duo’s accolades include induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the receipt of the National Medal of the Arts. Richard remained active in his craft, appearing in the short film “Once Upon A Studio” just last year.

Richard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, son Gregory, daughters Victoria and Lynda, and numerous grandchildren. A private service is scheduled for May 31. He was 95.

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