Mar 7, 2012
"We don't like the dark side of things, and we want only to entertain people. We like singable songs as opposed to, say, performers' songs. We don't write for someone, we write for everyone." – Robert Sherman
Robert Sherman, who with his brother Richard became the house composers for Disney films and theme parks for decades, has died at the age of 86. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, and winner of two, the Sherman brothers wrote the music for “Mary Poppins”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “The Jungle Book” and “Winnie the Pooh”. For Disneyland attractions, the brothers wrote familiar tunes such as "It's a Small World" and "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room."
Jazz musicians have covered their work for years, from John Coltrane’s version of “Chim Chim Cheree” to the recent Everybody Wants to Be A Cat compilation that featured their work recorded by Espenanza Spalding and Alfredo Rodriguez, among others.
The story goes that Walt Disney was especially fond of "Feed the Birds," which he predicted would replace Brahms' Lullaby and which reportedly caused him to cry every time he heard it. Let’s remember Robert Sherman with this recording of that tune by Kurt Rosenwinkel.