Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Legendary Song Writer Robert B Sherman Dies at 86

A true Disney legend, Robert Sherman, died yesterday at 86. With his brother Richard they wrote almost all the memorable songs that we've loved in Disney movies as well as in Disney theme parks. In the first video below you'll see Robert and Richard with Walt Disney introducing the Carousel of Progess song "It's a big, great, beautiful tomorrow".

In this next video - edited by Thatfellowcoat - takes a look at Richard and Robert Sherman's most famous collaborations with Disney and their other musical accomplishments.

In 2010 the Sherman Brothers received a dedicated window on Main Street. Robert Sherman didn't attend the dedication ceremony as he had to stay in London but i repost below the article that i did at that time.

Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, composers of so many memorable songs in Disney theme parks and motion pictures have now their own window on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland. As we know the tradition of honoring individuals with a personalized decorative window was started on Main Street, U.S.A. by Walt Disney and has continued at Disney parks worldwide. A Disneyland window is considered the ultimate honor anyone can receive from “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

Considering that the Shermans’ composed more than 150 Disney songs including such familiar Disneyland compositions like “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room”, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” and “It’s a Small World” - one of the most translated and performed songs on Earth - the least we can say is that they fully deserved their Main Street window! Among the Sherman brothers’ honors are three Grammy Awards, 24 gold and platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have also been named Disney Legends in 1990.

The Main Street window ceremony was held mid-morning last thursday and Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis, Thomas Schumacher, Marty Sklar and Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts did each a great tribute to the Sherman Brothers. Robert Sherman who now resides in England was unable to attend the ceremony in person but his brother Richard was there with his family.

The ceremony was not only moving but also funny as you will see in this great video filmed by the always excellent Inside the Magic. I remind you that Inside the Magic have each week great videos and podcasts and suggest you to have a look on their site regularly HERE.

The video show the whole ceremony and i recommand you to watch it entirely to don't miss the fun parts. Enjoy!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Video: copyright Inside the Magic


Keith said...

There is a wonderful documentry on the Sherman Brother's Lives and Legacy called "The Boys" that was produced by Ben Stiller and directed by the Sherman Brother's sons. Awsome and informative documentry and I suggest you go to Amazon and either buy or rent it as soon as possible!!!

Tom said...

There's a Great, Big Beautiful Tomorrow, not for him anymore :(

May his/ their music live on forever!

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

They undoubtedly made great contributions for Disney theme park attractions and movies, and to the childhood of several generations now.

To be honest, I've never been a particular big fan of their songs, but I really like some of them, like There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.

Wheter you like them or not, one thing is certain, their songs stay in your head for hours...

Thank you so much for everything, for being part of my childhood. RIP.