Robert Sherman of The Academy Award winning
song writing team the SHERMAN BROTHERS, is one of the foremost composer-lyricists
in family entertainment today. The Sherman Brother's most famous
song, IT'S A SMALL WORLD (AFTER ALL) was written for the New York
World's Fair in 1964. Since then, it has become the most translated
and performed song on earth. But this was far from the beginning
of the Sherman Brothers' incredible musical legacy.
The Sherman Brothers won 2 Academy Awards for
Disney's MARY POPPINS which includes the songs SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS,
FEED THE BIRDS, and the Oscar winner, CHIM CHIM CHER-EE.
The Sherman Brothers have since earned 9 Academy
Award nominations, 2 Grammy Awards and an incredible
23 gold and platinum albums.
Currently the Sherman Brothers are working on new
material for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: THE STAGE
MUSICAL which debuts in London at the Palladium Theatre April
In 1973, they made history by becoming the only Americans
ever to win 1st Prize at the Moscow Film Festival. The award, which
is the Russian equivalent to the Oscar, was bestowed to the Shermans
for THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER for which they penned both script
In 1976, THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE was selected for
Great Britain's annual Royal Command Performance. This film similarly
features both screenplay and songscore by the Shermans.
Their numerous other Disney and Non-Disney top box
office film credits include CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, THE JUNGLE
BOOK, THE ARISTOCATS, THE PARENT TRAP, CHARLOTTE'S WEB, THE MANY
ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH, SNOOPY COME HOME, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS
and LITTLE NEMO, ADVENTURES IN SLUMBERLAND. Each of these films
also shares the distinction of having made the top ten list in video
sales at some point since 1993. This goes to show that 'box office'
usually follows quality.
On Broadway, their 1974, Tony nominated hit,
OVER HERE! was the largest grossing original Broadway musical of
that year. It starred John Travolta, Mary Lou Henner, Treat Williams
and the Andrew Sisters. The Shermans have also written numerous
top-ten hits including Annette Funicello's TALL PAUL and PINEAPPLE
PRINCESS. The Sherman Brothers' song YOU'RE SIXTEEN carries the
unique distinction of having twice gone to Billboard's #1 spot:
Once with Johnnie Burnette and then an unprecedented second time
with Ringo Starr.
The Sherman Brothers have penned many of the EPCOT
CENTER, TOKYO DISNEYLAND, and EURO DISNEYLAND songs and continue
to work on many Disney theme park projects to this day.
They composed two gold record CABBAGE PATCH KIDS
albums (1984,86). They have contributed songs to the TV series THE
ENCHANTED MUSICAL PLAYHOUSE (1985-87), WELCOME TO POOH CORNER (1983-95),
TIMBERWOOD TALES (1992-94) and HARRY ANDERSON'S SIDESHOW special
(1988) which featured the haunting song CANVAS, SAWDUST & DREAMS.
In 1993 the Sherman Brothers wrote THE WONDERWORLD SONG for Eddie
Murphy's BEVERLY HILLS COP III. Upon the invitation of the film's
director, John Landis, the brothers also made a cameo appearance
in the film as well. Similarly, classic films including AMERICAN
GRAFFITI, RADIO FLYER, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS and THE LION KING
all include cameo appearances of Sherman Brothers' songs within
their respective soundtracks.
In 1984 MARY POPPINS became the second best selling
video of all time garnering the Sherman Brothers a GoldenVideo Cassette
Award. In 1985, Disney CEO Michael Eisner awarded the brothers Disney's
highest honor: the coveted 'Mouscar' Award; in front of the largest
attendance on record at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Shermans have also been inducted into the Disney
Living Legends' Hall of Fame. They were honored in 1991 with BMI's
(Broadcast Music, Incorporated) Lifetime achievement Award and share
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly across from the Mann's
Chinese Theater where Mary Poppins first debuted.
In 1998 the Shermans wrote songs for the highly publicized
NEW TOMORROWLAND at Disneyland. That same year Warner Brothers released
THE MIGHTY KONG, an animated musical feature based on the classic
King Kong story.
In 1999, Camphor Tree Publishers released the Sherman
Brothers' new autobiographical book entitled, WALT'S TIME (FROM
BEFORE TO BEYOND). The Shermans have enjoyed performing, speaking
and answering questions at dozens of book signings for fans across
The Brothers have wrote and produced the songscore
for an all new motion picture feature: THE TIGGER MOVIE. This marks
the Shermans' fifth Winnie The Pooh film for Disney and coincided
with a 150 million dollar, worldwide Pooh campaign including new
Winnie the Pooh rides in several of the Disney theme parks.
The Sherman Brothers are currently co-developing
INKAS THE RAMFERINKAS with Redstring Productions. INKAS is an original,
animated, musical feature film for which the Shermans have authored
both the story and screenplay as well as a nine song songscore.
Overseeing many of the creative aspects, INKAS has proven to be
one of the most "hands on" productions in the Sherman Brothers'
careers. They have enjoyed their collaboration with Redstring Productions
and consider their work together to be among their finest and most
rewarding to date.
Robert and Richard Sherman (Bob and Dick) were born
the sons of popular Tin Pan Alley songwriter, Al Sherman. Al was
famous for composing standards like "YOU'VE GOTTA BE A FOOTBALL
HERO" and "POTATOES ARE CHEAPER, TOMATOES ARE CHEAPER, NOW'S THE
TIME TO FALL IN LOVE!".
Robert Sherman's father Al also authored Maurice
Chevalier's first big American hit "LIVING IN THE SUNLIGHT, LOVING
IN THE MOONLIGHT". But perhaps Al 's greatest achievement was in
the teaming up of his sons to form one of the most successful and
enduring song writing partnerships in music history.
Robert Sherman is a war hero. During his tour of
service in World War II, from 1943 to 1945, Bob received the Purple
Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, and two battle stars. He was there
at Omaha Beach during the early waves of attack, and also holds
the distinction of being the very first American soldier at the
liberation of the Dachau prison camp.
During the war Robert Sherman endured some very horrible
experiences. He took a bullet to his knee and would never again
participate in the sports activities he had loved. In the war, he
saw terrible, tragic things. He came back changed. Robert Sherman
had seen enough ugliness for a lifetime, and forever turned away
from it. He embraced the beautiful things of life with a renewed
fervor, and his desire to create beauty - whether it be through
painting, sculpture, stories or songs - became his primary motivation.
In addition to working on new material for CHITTY
CHITTY BANG BANG: THE STAGE MUSICAL which will debut in London
at the Palladium Theatre in 2002, Robert Sherman is busy creating
his colorful, imaginative paintings, as he has for the past five
Robert Shermans artwork will be exhibited
at Thompsons Gallery in London the same week as the premiere
of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the stage musical. Following the London
exhibition, his art will also be shown in several prestigious galleries
in the United States.
B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman visiting their star on Hollywood's
"Walk Of Fame". (May 1999)
Sherman Bros. with Walt Disney in a promotional
film for the New York World's Fair. (1964)
MARY POPPINS: Richard, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Robert hitching
a ride on Cherry Tree Lane.
AND THE WINNER IS: Robert, John Williams &
Richard seen here working on the arrangment for Tom Sawyer In 1974
the threesome shared an Academy Award Nomination for their efforts.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL: Performing to sold out crowds of over 17 thousand
people twelve different times over a period of four years.
DISNEY LEGENDS AWARDS: Robert, Roy Disney,
Jr., Michael Eisner (Disney CEO) & Richard.
Sherman Brothers Autobiography