‘It’s a Small World’ writer dies in London at age 86

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

Robert B. Sher­man, one-half of the pro­lific, award-win­ning pair of broth­ers who penned in­stantly mem­o­rable songs for “Mary Pop­pins,” “The Jun­gle Book” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” — as well as the most-played tune on Earth, “It’s a Small World (Af­ter All)” — has died. He was 86.

Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, Mr. Sher­man’s agent, Stella Richards, said Tues­day that he died peacefully in London on Mon­day.

Mr. Sher­man, to­gether with his brother, Richard, won two Academy Awards for Walt Dis­ney’s 1964 smash “Mary Pop­pins” — best score and best song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” They also picked up a Grammy for best movie or TV score.

Their hun­dreds of cred­its as joint lyri­cist and com­poser also in­clude the films “Win­nie the Pooh,” “The Slip­per

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