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Robert B. Sherman

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Robert Bernard Sherman (born December 19, 1925) (see also: “Sherman Brothers”) is an American songwriter who specializes in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman. Some of Sherman’s best known writing includes the songs from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose and the theme park song, “It’s a Small World (after all)”.

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Robert Bernard Sherman was born in December 19, 1925 in New York City. His parents, Rosa (pronounced: “Rose”) & Al Sherman paid Robert’s hospital delivery costs with a royalty check which had arrived that day. The title of the song which covered the hospital bill was “Save Your Sorrow”. Al Sherman was to become a well known Tin Pan Alley songwriter.

As a youth, Robert Sherman excelled in intellectual pursuits, taking up the violin and piano, painting and writing poetry. Following seven years of frequent cross-country moves, the Shermans finally settled down in Beverly Hills, California. Throughout his years at Beverly Hills High School, he wrote and produced radio and stage programs for which he won much acclaim. At sixteen, he wrote a stage play entitled, Armistice and Dedication Day which earned thousands of dollars for War Bonds and a special citation from the War Department.

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