Disney songwriter, 95, dies

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Richard M. Sherman, writer of songs in famous Disney films such as Mary Poppins and The Jungle Bookdied on Saturday at the age of 95.

The Disney company confirmed his death and said he died of an age-related illness.

Richard and his brother Robert, who died in 2012, worked as composers at Disney between 1960 and 1973, during which time they wrote more than 200 songs for 27 motion pictures and two dozen TV productions.

The brothers have, among other things, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, a hit from the 1964 movie Mary Poppinswrote, which earned them an Oscar statuette.

They also won the Oscar for best soundtrack for this movie, starring Dame Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke.

The brothers also released hits such as “It’s A Small World” and “I Wanna Be Like You”. The Jungle Book writing. They also have soundtracks for movies that are not Disney works such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bangwritten

Robert wrote the lyrics while Richard, known as Dick, composed the music. They followed in the footsteps of their father, the songwriter Al Sherman.

Variety describes their roles as a “job that no longer exists: in-house songwriters working for a studio”.

In a statement, Disney described Richard as a key player in the founder, Walt Disney’s “inner circle of creative talents”.

“We will forever be grateful for the mark that Richard left on the world, and we express our deepest condolences to his family,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

In 2016, Richard also composed new music for the live-action version of The Jungle Book and also wrote songs for Christopher Robin in 2018.

“The duo’s work remains the lyrical voice of Walt Disney.”