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Disneyland pays tribute to ‘Small World’ composer Robert Sherman

March 6, 2012 |  4:34 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Disneyland Resort honored one of its best-known composers, Robert B. Sherman, who died Monday in London, placing a simple wreath of white flowers outside his window on Main Street U.S.A.

Robert B. Sherman and his brother, Richard, were given their own window in 2010, which reads, "Two Brothers Tunemakers," a recognition reserved for the most cherished Imagineers, artists and others instrumental to Disney's development.

Robert and Richard Sherman wrote music for classic Walt Disney films, including "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for "Mary Poppins." They also co-wrote some of Disneyland park's best-known tunes, "It's a Small World" and "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room."

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger released a statement Tuesday mourning the loss.

"One of the world's greatest songwriters and a true Disney legend, his legacy will endure forever through the magic of his music," Iger said. "From 'Mary Poppins' and 'It's a Small World' to 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The Jungle Book,' Robert, along with his brother Richard, wrote many of Disney's most memorable and beloved songs, which continue to enchant millions of people around the world to this day."

A public funeral service is planned at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Culver City on Friday at 1 p.m.

[For the record, March 7, 6:51 a.m.: The headline on an earlier version of this post incorrectly named Richard Sherman as the late composer.] 

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