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114- A Robert Sherman, Tribute. March 7th 2012
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114- A Robert Sherman, Tribute.
March 7th 2012
By Troy Cory - Josie Cory

On Monday, March 5th, 2012 Robert Sherman, died at the London Clinic of an age-related illness, his family said. He was 86.
• TVI-VRA TelePlay Pictures CEO, Troy Cory said, "--
"the Sherman Brothers were not only Walt Disney's songwriters of choice, but they were mine also.
•• They had their "golden moments" when everything turned just right, as Dick Sherman said during his brother's funeral service.
•• Their music for "Mary Poppins" included the jaunty "A Spoonful of Sugar" and the somber "Feed the Birds" --They were the men that introduced me into the world of music publishing and as a song writer of my own recordings with Cinema Prize, Bingo, Mercury, and Highland Records.
Along with Bob Roberts, Ralph Freed, Tip Tobin and Dorothy Swafford, we wrote "Rinky Rou RAW," "There's No Fool Like a Young Fool," "Torture," "Tall Paul," "Little Pink Toe," and many others in 1959, and the early 60s. We sometimes used the names Sherwood, Roberts, Sharon & Silbert, and Tip Tobin for ASCAP and BMI purposes.
For Disneyland attractions, the brothers wrote such instantly familiar tunes as "It's a Small World" and "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room."
The Los Angeles Times Front Page Article dated, March 7th 2012, -- reported that "My brother Bob was a poetic soul with limitless imagination and talent," Richard Sherman said in the article for the LA Times. "He was my loyal friend all through the years."
"A piece of our childhood has been taken away," film music historian Jon Burlingame said. "They wrote some of the most resonant songs of our childhood, and that doesn't apply only to those of us who grew up in the 1960s but also to those born ever since."
Their career milestone came with "Mary Poppins," the tale of an English nanny and her unruly charges starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
The Shermans already had done work for the Disney Studio, including writing the 1959 hit "Tall Paul" for Annette Funicello, when Disney handed them a small book by British author P.L. Travers in 1960.
He told them to read it and tell him what they thought.Robert Sherman, died"We said it would make the greatest musical fantasy of all time," Richard Sherman recalled in a 1993 joint Houston Chronicle interview with his brother.
"Of course, that book was 'Mary Poppins.' So we underlined some chapters that we felt were really musical. And when we showed Walt our notes and played the song sketches, he pulled out his book, and he'd underlined the very same chapters.
"Robert Sherman, diedIt was, Robert said, "one of the greatest feelings we've ever had."Robert Sherman, diedRobert Sherman, died
Van Dyke recalled that the Sherman brothers were "deeply involved" throughout the filming of "Mary Poppins."
"They were always on the set helping Julie and I with our interpretation of the songs," he told The Times on Tuesday. "They had a lot to do with the atmosphere, the lightness."
The two brothers, Van Dyke said, "were opposite ends of the pole as far as their personalities were concerned. Robert was the somber one. He kept within himself. Dick was gregarious and outgoing and loves to perform.
"As songwriters, they were a perfect combination. The emotion was Robert and the fun was Dick's part. They were made by God for Walt Disney. They somehow managed to convey Walt's meaning in those songs."
Explaining their approach to songwriting in a 1969 interview with The Times, Robert Sherman said: "We don't like the dark side of things, and we want only to entertain people. We like singable songs as opposed to, say, performers' songs. We don't write for someone, we write for everyone."
Disney, who died in 1966, was especially fond of "Feed the Birds," which he predicted would replace Brahms' Lullaby and which reportedly caused him to cry every time he heard it.
When the brothers walked into Disney's studio office the day after the ceremony, with their Oscars in hand, the film legend gave them a characteristically restrained response.
As Robert Sherman recalled in a 1992 Times interview, Disney told them: "The bases were loaded, we hit a home run and that's great. From now on, just try to get on base."
Robert Sherman's son Jeff said the brothers "walked in on a cloud" and Disney, who had a warm relationship with them, was just trying to keep them humble.
"I'm sure he smiled as they left," Jeff Sherman said Tuesday.
The Sherman brothers contributed songs and scores to many other Disney films, including "The Parent Trap," "That Darn Cat!," "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," "The Gnome-Mobile," "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocats" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks."
They also wrote "It's a Small World (After All") for an attraction at the 1964 New York World's Fair, a tune heard repeatedly at Disney theme parks.
Among the other films they later provided music and songs for are "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Snoopy Come Home," "Charlotte's Web," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn" and "The Slipper and the Rose."
In addition to their two Oscar wins, the Sherman brothers received seven other Academy Award nominations and won three Grammy Awards. They also received 24 gold and platinum albums and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame &emdash; as well as receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"The Sherman brothers' legacy goes far beyond the craft of songwriting," multiple Oscar-winning composer-songwriter Alan Menken said in a statement. "There is magic in their songs and in the films and musicals they breathed life into."
In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded the Sherman brothers the National Medal of Arts for creating music that "has helped bring joy to millions."
The son of Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman, ("You Go To Be A football Hero"). Robert was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 19, 1925; his brother Richard was born June 12, 1928. The family moved to Beverly Hills in the early '30s when the senior Sherman got a job writing songs for the movies.
Robert Sherman served in the Army during World War II. He was one of the first American soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp and later had his kneecap shattered by a Nazi bullet. He recovered in hospitals in England, where he moved in 2002 after the death of his wife, Joyce.
After the brothers teamed up, their first song to be recorded was "Gold Can Buy You Anything But Love" for Gene Autry in 1951. They later wrote Johnny Burnette's 1960 hit "You're Sixteen."
As for how they divided writing the words and the music for their songs, the brothers' standard reply was, "He writes the words and the music, and I write the music and the words."
Jeff Sherman said, "Richard was primarily the composer and Robert was primarily the lyricist, but they both did both."
Despite their long and close working relationship, the Sherman brothers didn't socialize for a couple of decades.
"Bob and I have great love and respect for one another, and during our professional lives we maintained a facade of unity," Richard Sherman told the Toronto Star in 2009 when the documentary "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story" was released.
"But in order to keep working together we came to an agreement to live our personal lives apart, completely separate," he said. "We were comfortable working together, but otherwise it would have been explosive."
The documentary came about after Robert's son, Jeff, and Richard's son, Greg, connected at the 2002 London opening of the stage version of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." The cousins said they hoped the film would make the public more aware of the professional contributions of the Sherman brothers and start a personal dialogue between their fathers.
"So many personal details are hidden in their songs," Greg Sherman said in the Toronto Star. "And for such different personalities, they really had a lot in common: It's impossible to tell who wrote the music and who wrote the lyrics.
"We are different people," Richard Sherman said in the 2009 article. "In the broadest terms, Bob is an introvert who wanted to write great novels, and I was the showman. I loved to perform and he'd rather sit in a corner reading a book."
But, he said: "Success and creativity won out over petty differences. There was no way we were going to let those differences destroy our work."
Besides his brother, Sherman is survived by his four children, Jeff, Robert, Laurie and Tracy; and five grandchildren.
A public funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. A LA Times Report.

Robert B. Sherman (Nickname Moose) was born December 19, just before Christmas in 1925 in New York City. Parents, Rosa & Al Sherman didn't know how they would pay the doctor and delivery costs. Fortunately upon their arrival home from the hospital, Al discovered a large royalty check in the mail. Ironically it was Al's song, "Save Your Sorrow" which saved the day and covered the bill. In 1928, younger brother Richard was born. Years later brothers Robert and Richard would form one of the most prolific, lauded and long lasting songwriting partnerships of all time.
As a youth, Robert excelled in intellectual pursuits, taking up the violin and piano, painting and writing poetry. Following seven years of frequent cross-country moves, the Shermans finally settled down in Beverly Hills, California. Throughout Robert's years at Beverly Hills High School, he wrote and produced radio and stage programs for which he won much acclaim. At sixteen years old, Robert wrote a stage play entitled, ARMISTICE AND DEDICATION DAY which earned thousands of dollars worth in War Bonds and garnered Sherman a special citation from the War Department.
In 1943 Robert obtained permission from his parents to join the army a year early, at only age 17. In early April, 1945 he inadvertently led half a squad of men into Dachau Concentration Camp, the first Allied troops to enter the camp after it had been evacuated by the fleeing German military only hours earlier. On April 12, 1945, the day President Roosevelt died, Robert was shot in the knee forcing him to walk with a cane ever since.
During his recuperation in Taunton and Bournemouth England, Robert was awarded the Purple Heart medal. While still rehabilitating, Robert first became curious about British culture, reading voraciously anything he could find on the subject. Once on his feet, Robert met and became friends with many Brits, attaining first hand knowledge of the United Kingdom, her customs and people. His fascination with England would later prove an invaluable resource to his songwriting career; many of his most well known works centering around Anglo-themed stories and subject matter.
Upon his return to the United States, Robert attended Bard College in upstate New York where he majored in English Literature and Painting. At Bard Robert completed his first two novels entitled, THE BEST ESTATE and MUSIC, CANDY AND PAINTED EGGS. He graduated in the class of 1949.
Within two years Robert and brother Richard began writing songs together on a challenge from their father. In 1953 Robert married the love of his life, Joyce Sasner, which helped to neutralize what had become Robert's wildly bohemian lifestyle in the years following the war. In 1958 Robert founded the music publishing company, Music World Corporation, which later enjoyed a landmark relationship with Disney's BMI publishing arm, Wonderland Music Company. That same year, the Sherman Brothers had their first "Top Ten" hit with "Tall Paul", sung by Mouscateer, Annette Funicello. The success of this song yielded the attention of Walt Disney who eventually hired the Sherman Brothers on as Staff Songwriters for Walt Disney Studios.
While at Disney, the Sherman Brothers wrote what is perhaps their most well loved song: it's a small world (after all) for the New York World's Fair in 1964. Since then, "Small World" has become the most translated and performed song on earth.
In 1965, the Sherman Brothers won 2 Academy Awards for Mary Poppins (1964), which includes the songs "Feed The Birds", "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and the Oscar winner, "Chim Chim Cher-ee". SinceMary Poppins (1964)motion picture premiere, the Sherman Brothers have subsequently earned 9 Academy Award nominations, 2 Grammy Awards, 4 Grammy Award nominations and an incredible 23 gold and platinum albums.
Robert and Richard worked directly for Walt Disney until Disney's death in 1966. Since leaving the company, the brother songwriting team has worked freelance on scores of motion pictures, television shows, theme park exhibits and stage musicals.
Their first non-Disney assignment came with Albert R. Broccoli's motion picture production _Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) which garnered the brothers their third Academy Award Nomination.
In 1973, the Sherman Brothers made history by becoming the only Americans ever to win First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival for Tom Sawyer (1973/I) for which they also authored the screenplay.
The Slipper and the Rose (1976), was picked to be the Royal Command Performance of the year and was attended by Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. A modern musical adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, Slipper also features both song-score and screenplay by the Sherman Brothers. That same year the Sherman Brothers received their star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame" directly across from the Chinese Theater.
Their numerous other Disney and Non-Disney top box office film credits include The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970), The Parent Trap (1961), The Parent Trap (1998), Charlotte's Web (1973) , The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), Snoopy Come Home (1972), Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)and Little Nemo: Adventures In Slumberland (1992).
Outside of the motion picture realm, their Tony nominated smash hit, OVER HERE! (1974) was the biggest grossing original Broadway Musical of that year. The Sherman Brothers have also written numerous top selling songs including "You're Sixteen" which holds the distinction of reaching Billboard's #1 spot twice; first with Johnny Burnette in 1960 and then with Ringo Starr fourteen years later. Other top-ten hits include, "Pineapple Princess", "Let's Get Together" and more.
In 2000 the Sherman Brothers wrote the song score for Disney's blockbuster film: The Tigger Movie (2000) . This film marked the brothers' first major motion picture for the Disney company in over twenty eight years.
In 2002, Chitty hit the London stage and received rave revues. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: THE STAGE MUSICAL is currently the most successful stage show ever produced at the London Palladium boasting the longest run in that century old theatre's history. In Spring 2005 a second CHITTY company premiered on Broadway (New York City) at the Hilton Theatre. The Sherman Brothers wrote an additional six songs specifically for the new stage productions.
In April 2002, an exhibition of Robert's paintings was held in London, England at Thompsons' Gallery on Marylebone High Street. This marked the first public exhibition of Robert's paintings ever which is amazing considering Robert had been painting since 1941. The London Exhibition was widely covered by TV, radio and printed press. Robert subsequently enjoyed a succession of successful art exhibitions in the United States with the sale of many Limited Edition giclée prints of his work.
In 2002, Sherman moved from Beverly Hills to London, England where he continues to write and paint.
In 2003 four Sherman Brothers' musicals ranked in the "Top 10 Favorite Children's Films of All Time" in a (British) nationwide poll reported by the BBC. The Jungle Book (1967)ranked at #7, Mary Poppins (1964) ranked at #8, The Aristocats (1970)ranked at #9 and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) topped the list at #1.
A new Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins: The Stage Musical made its world premier at the Prince Edward Theatre in December 2004 and features the Sherman Brothers classic songs. This show is expected to premiere on Broadway in 2006.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 9, 2005 in New York City alongside his brother, Richard M. Sherman
Also in June 2005, a tribute was paid to Robert B. Sherman at the Théâtre de Vevey in Switzerland by the Ballet Romand. Chitty will be commencing its full UK tour in December 2005.
Spouse: Joyce Ruth (Sasner) Sherman - (Married 27 September 1953 - 16 October 2001) (her death); 4 children.
In 2005 Robert Sherman completed a candid and unconventional autobiographical novel entitled Moose. He continues to reside in London, England.

Part 3. Editor's Note / According To IDMb data base for
ROBERT B. SHERMAN, Composer - filmography - The pop song written in the 1960s and 1970 with Bob Roberts/Troy Cory Record Sessions are mentioned in Editor's Byline.
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s)
1. Bewitched (2005) (song "'Bout Time")
2. War of the Worlds (2005) (song "Hushabye Mountain" from film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") (as Richard Sherman)
3. Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years (2005) (uncredited)
4. Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) (song "Winnie the Pooh")
5. Around the World in 80 Days (2004) (song "It's A Small World")
6. Piglet's Big Movie (2003) (song "Winnie the Pooh")
7. Kingdom Hearts (2002) (VG) (song "Winnie the Pooh") (uncredited) -- aka Kingudamu hâtsu (Japan)
8. The Tigger Movie (2000) (songs) -- aka Tigger: The Movie
9. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999) (V) (songs) -- aka Disney's Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (USA: complete title)
10. Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits (1999) (TV) (songs)
11. The Mighty Kong (1998) (V) (songs)
12. My Interactive Pooh (1998) (VG) (songs)

Robert Sherman Filmography as: Composer, Miscellaneous Crew,
Writer, Actor, Producer, Himself
Miscellaneous Crew - filmography
(1980s) (1970s) (1960s)
1. Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983) (lyricist) -- aka A Day for Eeyore (USA: short title)
2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) (lyricist)
3. Snoopy Come Home (1972) (lyricist)
4. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) (lyricist) -- aka Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 25th Anniversary Special Edition (USA: longer version)
5. A Boy Called Nuthin' (1967) (TV) (lyricist)
6. Mary Poppins (1964) (lyricist)


4. Bylines / Troy Cory - Pete Allman Interview

During a recent interview with Pete Allman of Celebrity Scene, Troy explained his early song writing days in Hollywood, and how he first met hit song writers/record producers, Bob Roberts, and Bob and Dick Sherman, of Disney Studio fame.
• • "At that time", says Troy, "I was a recording artist with Art Rupe's Specialty Records, and collaborating with my comedy team partner, song writer, Tip Tobin, Sonny Bono, and Dorothy Swafford in the production of my next record album."
• • " . . . The day I met Bob Roberts was at a recording studio on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, I was working with Sonny and my arranger, trying to perfect a singing style with my voice that would go along with the rock-a-billy band, Sonny had hired to back me up. '
• •" . . . Cancelling the record session, we walked across the street to meet the two Bob's, Bob Roberts and Bob Sherman at the Sherman Publishing office, located on the 2nd or 3rd floor of the Sunset and Gower Building. "The rest is history" said Troy, "Bob and Dick Sherman explains as to what happen after that in their book, "Walt's Time" . . . -- FULL STORY CONTINUES ON PETE ALMAN'S CELEBRITY SCENE with Troy Cory.

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