Disney songwriter Richard M Sherman dies aged 95

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Composer Richard M Sherman, who wrote songs for Disney film classics such as Mary Poppins has died aged 95 in Beverly Hills.

Sherman partnered with his late brother Robert, and the pair won two Oscars in 1965 for their work on Mary Poppins.

Some of the brothers’ best-known compositions include the Jungle Book’s Trust in Me and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Truly Scrumptious.

His death was announced in a statement by Disney, which said Sherman passed away “due to age-related illness” at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The Sherman brothers were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the Winnie the Pooh shorts were among other Disney productions to feature their words and music.

The brothers were portrayed in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Released one year after his brother’s death, in March 2012, the film saw actors Jason Schwartzman and B. J. Novak play the two brothers as they composed and co-wrote the film’s hit songs.


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