Robert B Sherman

Lyricist, Composer, Screenwriter
Together with his younger brother, Richard, songwriter Robert B. Sherman was credited with penning some of the most beloved family-friendly tunes of all time, including the most played song ever, "It's a Small World ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1925 in New York City, New York, USA


Music (61)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

("It's a Small World") (Song)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 (Movie)

("It's A Small World") (Song)

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

("Chim Chim Cher-ee") (Song)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

("The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room") (Song)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

("Winnie The Pooh") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Bout Time") (Song)

Pooh's Heffalump Movie 2005 (Movie)

("Winnie the Pooh") (Song)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

("Hushabye Mountain") (Song)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

("It's A Small World") (Song)

Piglet's Big Movie 2003 (Movie)

("Winnie The Pooh") (Song)

The Jungle Book 2 2003 (Movie)

("I Wan'na Be Like You") (Song)

The Tigger Movie 2000 (Movie)

songs("The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" "Someone Like Me" "The Whoop-de-Dooper-Bounce" "Pooh's Lullabee" "Round My Family Tree" "How to be a Tigger" "Your Heart Will Lead You Home") (Song)

A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Parent Trap 1998 (Movie)

("Let's Get Together") (Song)

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist 1997 (Movie)

("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious") (Song)

The Mighty Kong 1997 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Sound of Julie Andrews 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

("The Wonderworld Song") (Song)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

("It's a Small World") (Song)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

("A Spoonful of Sugar") (Song)

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland 1992 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

("Cliffhanger II (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)") (Song)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and You're Mine)") (Song)

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

("Tall Paul") (Song)

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

("It's a Small World") (Song)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1985 (Movie)

("You're Sixteen You're Beautiful (You're Mine)") (Song)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

songs("A Rose Is Not a Rose" "That Hometown Feeling" "Thanksgiving Prayer" "When You're Loved" "There'll Be Other Friday Nights" "Brass Rings and Daydreams" "Travellin' Music" "Nobody's Property" "I Can't Say Goodbye" "Banjo Song") (Song)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)


The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)

songs("Why Can't I Be Two People?" "What Has Love Got to Do With Getting Married?" "Once I Was Loved" "What a Comforting Thing to Know" "Protocoligorically Correct" "A Bride Finding Ball" "Suddenly It Happens" "Secret Kingdom" "He Danced With Me" "She Dan (Song)

The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)


Charlotte's Web 1973 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)


Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)

Lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)


Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 (Movie)

Music & Lyrics by (Composer)

Snoopy, Come Home 1971 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Snoopy, Come Home 1971 (Movie)


The Aristocats 1970 (Movie)

songs("The Aristocats" "Scales and Arpeggios" "She Never Felt Alone") (Song)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 (Movie)


The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 (Movie)

songs("The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band" "Dakota" "Drummin' Drummin' Drummin'" "The Happiest Girl Alive" "Oh Benjamin Harrison" "West of Wide Missouri") (Song)

Monkeys Go Home! 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Jungle Book 1967 (Movie)

songs("Colonel Hathi's March" "I Wanna Be Like You" "Trust In Me" "That's What Friends Are For" "My Own Home") (Song)

Follow Me, Boys! 1966 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Happiest Millionaire 1966 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

songs("Feed the Birds" "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious") (Song)

That Darn Cat 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Summer Magic 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones 1963 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

songs("The Cabin Raising Song" "Rhyme-Around") (Song)

In Search of the Castaways 1962 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Bon Voyage! 1961 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

songs("True Love's an Apricot" "The Void" "Seven Moons of Beta Lyrae") (Song)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

("Medfield Fight Song") (Song)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

("For Now For Always" "Let's Get Together") (Song)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 (Movie)

("A Whale of A Tale") (Song)

Bristle Face (TV Show)


The Young Loner (TV Show)

Writer (5)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)


The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)


Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)


Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)

Actor (2)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)



Together with his younger brother, Richard, songwriter Robert B. Sherman was credited with penning some of the most beloved family-friendly tunes of all time, including the most played song ever, "It's a Small World (After All)." Born Robert Bernard Sherman on Dec. 19, 1925 in New York City, he was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants Rosa and Al Sherman, a successful Tin Pan Alley songwriter. The family eventually relocated to Los Angeles, where Robert pursued his interests in theater and music while attending school. After completing service in the US Army during WWII (during which he was one of the first American soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp and later earned a Purple Heart), Sherman began working as a freelance songwriter in tandem with his younger brother Richard. Together the Sherman brothers crafted popular hits like "Things I Might Have Been" and "Tall Paul" (1958), recorded by Annette Funicello. By 1960, the brothers had become associated with Walt Disney and his burgeoning empire. For just over a decade, they provided songs for a number of classic live-action and animated films, beginning with "The Absent-Minded Professor" and "The Parent Trap" (both 1961). After writing songs for the charming Arthurian cartoon "The Sword in the Stone" (1963), the Sherman brothers had their biggest success writing the melodic and infectious score for "Mary Poppins" (1964). A then-groundbreaking blend of live-action and animation, "Mary Poppins" contained several wonderful musical songs, including "A Spoonful of Sugar," the lively "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," the haunting "Feed the Birds" and the Oscar-winning "Chim Chim Cheree." Much of the score was a pastiche of English musical hall numbers and was skillfully delivered by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.


Joyce Sasner Sherman

Married Sept. 27, 1953 She died Oct. 16, 2001

Al Sherman Songwriter


Jeffrey C Sherman Writer

Born June 24, 1957; mother, Joyce Sherman Co-directed documentary "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" (2009) about his father and uncle Richard

Rosa Sherman


Andrea Sherman

Born June 17, 1960; mother, Joyce Sherman

Richard M. Sherman Song

Born June 12, 1928 Worked with brother on writing the songs from "Mary Poppins" (1964), "The Jungle Book" (1967), "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971), and the theme park song "it's a small world (after all)"

Laurie Sherman

Born April 16, 1955; mother, Joyce Sherman

Robert Sherman



University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1943
Left to join the army

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California
While attending high school, wrote and produced radio and stage programs for which he won much acclaim

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York 1949



Featured along with brother in the documentary "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story," co-directed by son Jeff Sherman and nephew (Richard's son) Gregory


Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (June 9) alongside his brother Richard


"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" adapted into a London West End musical; featured many new songs and a reworked score


With brother, penned the songs for the animated "The Tigger Movie"


Wrote song score for the animated film "The Mighty Kong"


Made rare acting appearance, playing a bar patron in "Beverly Hills Cop III"


Wrote songs for the animated "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland"


Nominated for Best Song Academy Award for "When You're Loved" from "The Magic of Lassie"; also co-scripted


Co-scripted and scored "The Slipper and the Rose," adapted from the Cinderella story; earned Best Song Oscar nomination


Broadway debut as songwriter, "Over Here!"; musical starred Patty and Maxine Andrews


Screenwriting debut (co-written with brother), "Tom Sawyer"; also wrote songs


Last screen collaboration with Disney, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"; nominated for music Academy Awards


Wrote songs for rare non-Disney film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"; garnered Academy Award nomination for Best Song


With Richard, co-wrote "it's a small world (after all)" for the 1964 New York World's Fair


Had biggest success with the songs for "Mary Poppins"; won Oscars for Best Song and Best Song Score


Wrote "Tall Paul," recorded by Annette Funicello


Worked as freelance songwriter with his brother Richard Sherman; co-wrote "Things I Might Have Been," recorded by Kitty Wells


Served in the U.S. Army; awarded the Purple Heart

Formed Music World Publications

Bonus Trivia


Sherman and his brother Richard wrote the theme song of popular Disney attraction "it's a small world (after all)" for the 1964 New York World's Fair.


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


The Sherman Brothers were awarded the 2008 American National Medal of the Arts by President George W. Bush for their services to music.


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