Richard & Robert Sherman

Richard & Robert Sherman
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Richard & Robert Sherman
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As a songwriting team, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman are one of the most successful and honored in history. They have written more than 1,000 songs — for 50 movies alone — as well as for television, records, theme parks and the theater. The only songwriters to be put under contract by Walt Disney Studios, they became synonymous with its musicals — "Mary Poppins," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and "The Jungle Book" among them.

They hit their stride with their Oscar-winning score of 1964's "Mary Poppins," which features numerous standards including the Academy Award-winning best song, "Chim-Chim-Cher-ee," as well as "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Feed the Birds." They also supplied the majority of the tunes to 1967's "The Jungle Book" and composed music for such non-Disney films as 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and 1973's "Charlotte's Web."

Robert B. Sherman died Mar. 5, 2012, at the London Clinic. He was 86.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1964 Best Song "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins Win*
    1964 Best Original Score Mary Poppins Win*
    1968 Best Song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Nomination*
    1971 Best Song "The Age of Not Believing" from Bedknobs and Broomsticks Nomination*
    1971 Best Adaptation and Original Song Score Bedknobs and Broomsticks Nomination*
    1973 Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation Tom Sawyer Nomination*
    1977 Best Original Song "The Slipper and the Rose Waltz" from The Slipper and the Rose Nomination*
    1977 Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation The Slipper and the Rose Nomination*
    1978 Best Original Song "When You're Loved" from The Magic of Lassie Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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