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