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Disney songwriter Robert B. Sherman dies at 86

March 6, 2012 |  7:36 am

Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman
Robert B. Sherman, a songwriter who teamed with his brother Richard to write some of the best known songs for Walt Disney’s classic films, including "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for “Mary Poppins,” has died. He was 86.

Sherman died Monday in London, his agent, Stella Richards, told the Associated Press. The cause was not disclosed.

The brothers also wrote music for other Disney films, including "The Jungle Book," ''The Aristocats" as well as for the 1968 United Artists release "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

PHOTOS: Robert B. Sherman's memorable Disney moments

"It's a Small World After All," written for the 1964 New York World's Fair, was another Sherman composition.

"We were struggling songwriters hoping to get a break," Richard M. Sherman told The Times in 2009.  "This was the opportunity of a lifetime. 'Mary Poppins' turned my life around, really."

A musical production of "Mary Poppins" is scheduled for the Ahmanson Theatre this summer.

The Sherman brothers were inducted into the Disney Legends in 1990.

A full obituary will follow at latimes.com/obits.


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Photo: Robert B. Sherman, left, and Richard M. Sherman. Credit: Disney Enterprises Inc.

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