Throughout the legendary Sherman Brothers’ career, Richard M. Sherman, along with his late brother, Robert B. Sherman, have written more songs for motion pictures than any team in cinematic history. For generations, the Shermans, foremost composer-lyricists in family entertainment, have written the soundtrack of our childhood, including the most translated song on earth, It’s A Small World (After All).
The Sherman Brothers’ prolific career has spanned over six decades. Their achievements include: two Academy Awards for MARY POPPINS (1964) for Original Score and Original Song for Chim Chim Cheree, seven additional Oscar nominations, three Grammy Awards, twenty-four Gold and Platinum albums, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, an honorary Doctorate from their alma mater, Bard College and in 2008 at the White House, National Medal of Arts—the highest honor bestowed on American-born artists
The brothers first gained recognition in popular music with Top 10 hits You’re Sixteen, Let’s Get Together and Tall Paul. In 1960, the Sherman Brothers were signed to an exclusive contract by Walt Disney, himself, becoming the Disney Studio’s first (and only) staff songwriters. The Sherman Brothers wrote over 200 songs featured in Walt’s films, TV shows and Theme Parks. The Shermans’ 36 feature Disney film credits include: THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967), The Parent Trap (1961), Summer Magic (1963), The Aristocats (1970), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Happiest Millionaire (1967), The Family Band (1968), The Sword In The Stone (1963), and the Winnie The Pooh series. They wrote Disney’s long-running TV theme song, The Wonderful World Of Color and their many contributions to Disney theme parks include: The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, There’s A Great Big, Beautiful Tomorrow (Carousel of Progress), and One Little Spark (EPCOT).
After their Disney decade, The Shermans had continued musical success, writing words and music for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Snoopy Come Home (1972), Charlotte’s Web (1973), and their first Broadway musical, Over Here! The brothers then penned both the screenplays and song scores for Tom Sawyer (1973), Huckleberry Finn (1974), The Magic of Lassie (1978), and The Slipper And The Rose (the 1976 Royal Command film). In 2000, the Sherman Brothers returned to Disney to write the song score for the animated feature, The Tigger Movie. In 2009, Disney Studios released the critically-acclaimed documentary, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story which chronicles the brothers’ personal lives and professional partnership.
The Shermans’ songbook continues to delight audiences around the world. After a record-breaking four year run at The London Palladium, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang plays national tours in the U.S and U.K. The stage production of Mary Poppins, which ran on Broadway for over six supercalifragilistic years, continues wowing audiences with worldwide touring companies circling the globe.
For decades, Richard has enjoyed raising money for numerous worthwhile causes by performing at charitable events. One of his proudest moments came when he, along with former president, George H.W. Bush, was awarded the Gold Medallion of Honor by UNICEF for his help in raising funds for children with HIV/AIDS.
Richard M. Sherman continues writing songs and composing music every day. Recently, two collections of his solo instrumentals were released on Solid Air CD: Forgotten Dreams (2010) and Keys of Love (2012).
A song Richard penned, Make Way for Tomorrow Today was featured in the blockbuster film, Iron Man 2 (2010).
Recently, Richard served as Musical Consultant on the Walt Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks (2013), which tells the story of how Walt Disney acquired the rights to produce his masterpiece, MARY POPPINS. Also, Richard is thrilled to be working on a new stage version of the beloved classic, THE JUNGLE BOOK.