Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Sing a song

Many people here in Australia have either sung or heard the song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Somehow I never thought about the person who wrote it until today. It was written by Robert Sherman who wrote many many pieces for the Disney company. Here is some information I found on several different websites. I have edited the information to suit my interests.

Robert Sherman has died.

Robert Sherman was and still is most famous for the song 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'. Robert Bernard Sherman was born in New York on 19 December 1925 and died in London on Monday.

Robert Sherman and his brother Richard composed scores for films including The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Sherman brothers' careers were long and filled with awards, including Oscars and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are the only Americans ever to win First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival, for Tom Sawyer in 1973, and were inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2005. They won two Academy Awards for the 1964 Mary Poppins - best score and best song, 'Chim Chim Cher-ee'. Their hundreds of credits as joint lyricist and composer, also include the films Winnie the Pooh, The Slipper and the Rose, Snoopy Come Home, Charlotte's Web, and The Magic of Lassie. Their Broadway musicals included Over Here! in 1974, and the stagings of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the mid 2000s. They wrote more than 150 songs at Disney, including the soundtracks for the films The Sword and The Stone, The Parent Trap, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, and The Tigger Movie. Their song 'It's A Small World (After All)' has become one of the most translated and performed songs on the planet. It plays on a continual, multilingual loop every few minutes at Disney theme parks across the world and is considered the most-played tune on Earth.

The brothers credited their father with inspiring them to write songs and for their love of lyrics. He had in turn learned songwriting from his father, Al Sherman who wrote Tin Pan Alley and other commercially successful songs.

Most of the songs the Sherman's wrote are catchy and playful. They work on multiple levels and appeal to different ages. Thus the songs remain popular with the audience as they grow older.

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