Songwriter Robert Sherman (b.1925) died on March 5. Sherman, and his brother, Richard, had their first hit with “Tall Paul,” song by Annette Funicello. The song brought them to Walt Disney’s attention and they began writing songs for Disney, including “It’s a Small World,” and the songs for movies such as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and many more, including the non-Disney film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 2009, the Sherman Brothers were the focus of the documentary The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story. In 1945, Sherman led the first Allied troops into the Dachau concentration camp at the end of World War II.
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