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.
|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*|