Richard M. Sherman, Legendary Songwriter For Mary Poppins And ‘It’s A Small World,’ Dead At 95


We lost a legend today. Richard M. Sherman, the songwriter of iconic Disney projects like Mary Poppins and “It’s A Small World” has died at the age of 95.

The musician passed away on May 25 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills because of an “age-related illness,” per Variety.

In 1958, Richard Sherman and his brother, Robert, were hired by Disney following their song “Tall Paul” becoming a hit. However, they really hit their stride at the House of Mouse in the ’60s as they wrote uplifting Disney songs for the 1964 classic Mary Poppins and the tune “It’s A Small World,” which was part of New York’s World Fair the same year before turning into one of the Disney Parks’ best theme songs.

Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins

(Image credit: Disney)

Whether you’ve ridden “It’s A Small World” at a Disney park or you grew up singing along to songs like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Sherman and his brother’s impact on Disney is unquestionable. 

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