If you've ever enjoyed Disney music, whether watching a Disney Film, riding an attraction or viewing a parade at Disneyland, chances are you're a fan of The Sherman Brothers. They have written all of the classic Disney songs from "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to "Heffalumps & Woozles" to "Bare Necessities" and the most played song of all time, "It's a Small World (After All)."
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of the Robert B. Sherman. His son Jeffrey posted a sweet note announcing his passing last night on his Facebook account. And has since written this to all of the people leaving their condolences:
"Thank you everyone for your amazing outpouring of love. Dad once told me he wished he could stand at the end of the "It's a Small World" ride so he could shake everyone's hand as they exited. World peace, charity, love and family were his prayer for the world.
Robert B. Sherman was a poet all his life and, during the war, saw the darkest depths of humanity. He somehow survived those years and the nightmares that followed. He devoted his life and his passion to all forms of art to shine a light on the beauty of mankind and make the world a happier place.
Every time, everywhere someone sings his song, Dad is there smiling."
You can read the Disney Insider where Jeff has written what it was like as a child being "part of the magic" in Remembering Life As A Disney Kid.
Thanks to the Disney D23 Fan Club we've had the absolute honor to meet Richard Sherman on more than one occasion. We also had the pleasure of meeting Robert's son, Jeffrey and his family at the D23 Expo in 2011. Though we never got the opportunity to meet Robert, our memories and our time spent with the Sherman Family is held even more dearly now.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sherman Family during this difficult time. The entire world is grieving with them. Robert has left behind a legacy nothing less than amazing and it will be treasured forever by people of all ages. He was 86. May he Rest in Peace. We are sure that Walt is welcoming home his old friend, and they are together again.
What is your favorite song written by Robert and Richard Sherman?
The Sherman Brothers' Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
The Sherman Brothers' Tribute Door on Main Street at Disneyland:
In the Disney Legends Plaza an the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, the handprints of Robert and Richard, where their names are memorialized forever on the majestic pilars:
Meeting Richard, Jeff, Gregg and the entire Sherman Family at the D23 Expo while they were promoting "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" documentary about their amazing lives and careers:
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Robert Bernard Sherman
December 19, 1925 - March 5, 2012