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Disney composer Richard Sherman has died

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Richard Sherman, here with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Elizabeth Gluck, wrote music for several Disney classics and other film and television productions in the 1960s and 1970s, including “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book.” He lived to be 95 years old. Archive photo: Willy Sanjuan / Invision / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 26.05.2024 02:03:05

Culture and entertainment: Sherman died in Beverly Hills of illness related to old age, the Disney group says.

Sherman and his brother Robert, who died in 2012, were employed as composers by Disney from 1960 to 1973. During those years, they wrote over 200 songs for 27 films and almost as many television productions.

On the merit list was, among other things, “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins in 1964, for which they received an Oscar. They also wrote hits such as “It’s a Small World” and “I Wanna Be Like You” from “The Jungle Book” in 1967. Outside of Disney, they also wrote the music for “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” from 1968.

The industry website Variety says the brothers’ work belonged to a different era in Hollywood and that they filled a role “that no longer exists, in-house songwriters at a movie studio.”

– Even when they were not working for Disney, their music had many of the same characteristics, joyful and positive music, free of the cynicism that was so prominent in creative works (including music) in the late 1960s and in the 1970s, writes Variety.

The Disney group describes Richard Sherman as an important member of the “inner circle of creative talents” around the company’s founder Walt Disney.

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