Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Dig a Hole: Robert B. Sherman, Disney Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman, who along with his younger brother, Richard M. Sherman, was responsible for numerous cherished Disney classics, died Monday, March 5 in London. He was 86.
Robert B. Sherman.
Before answering his musical calling, Robert B. Sherman was a decorated soldier, among the first Allied troops to enter Dachau while the Nazis fled. He was wounded in action forcing him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life.
The Sherman Brothers came by their musical skills honestly. Their father, Al Sherman, was a successful Tin Pan Alley songwriter (You Gotta Be a Football Hero).
Not long after founding the Music World Corporation in 1958, the Sherman Brothers had their first top ten hit with Annette Funicello's recording of Tall Paul. The song caught Uncle Walt's ear, and he eventually brought the brothers on board as staff writers for the Walt Disney Studios.
Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, and Uncle Walt.
Sherman needed an aircraft hangar to accommodate the numerous awards and gold and platinum albums he accumulated throughout his illustrious career.
His wife, Joyce, passed away in 2002. Sherman is survived by his brother and four children: Laurie, Jeffrey, Andrea and Robert.
Take a few minutes to remember the Sherman Brothers in song with the following four revered Disney tunes. You had best sink low in your cubicle, otherwise your co-workers will see your lips move as you silently sing along.
Hayley Mills-squared sings Let's Get Together from The Parent Trap.
Julie Andrews wraps her tongue around Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins.
One ride on the Disneyland attraction of the same name, and you'll never get It's a Small World out of your head.
Louis Prima swings I Want to Be Like You from The Jungle Book.
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