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Hollywood Songwriter Robert B. Sherman Dies at 86

The man behind the score of "Mary Poppins" and "Charlotte's Web" dies on Tuesday.

Robert B. Sherman, an Oscar winning songwriter, died Tuesday in London. He was 86.

Robert B. Sherman along with his brother Richard. (Photo courtesy Creative Commons user Howard352)
Robert B. Sherman along with his brother Richard. (Photo courtesy Creative Commons user Howard352)

He wrote the score for the Oscar winning "Mary Poppins" as well as the Disney attraction "It's a Small World."  Sherman, with his bother Richard M. Sherman, worked with The Walt Disney Co. for ten years, writing scores for films like "The Parent Trap" and "The Jungle Book."

Sherman was born December 19, 1925 in New York City and was raised in Beverly Hills. The Sherman brothers began writing songs together on a challenge from their father.

The brothers won Academy Awards in 1965 for best original score in "Mary Poppins" and best original song from the film's "Chim Chim Cher-ee."  The Shermans received seven other Oscar nominations throughout their career, including the song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

After Disney, they wrote scores for films like "Charlotte's Web" and "Huckleberry Finn."

The brothers have also received three Grammy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world," Sherman's son Jeffrey wrote on his Facebook page.

Sherman is survived by his brother and four children.

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