I just love it when a Disney legend unexpectedly interrupts my afternoon radio news – don’t you?
Richard Sherman recently appeared on NPR’s Song Travels to discuss his career writing music with Walt. He and his brother Robert penned many of the tunes that are iconic Disney favorites – the Mary Poppins and Jungle Book soundtracks, “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” and “Portobello Road.” They wrote the songs for both the original The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and one of its sequels The Tigger Movie. Other non-Disney classic family movies were also gifted with the Sherman Brothers’ magic, like Charlotte’s Web and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Robert Sherman passed away in 2012, but Richard can be seen in the movie production behind-the-scenes photos of Saving Mr. Banks with his counterpart actor Jason Schwartzman.
During the one-hour interview, Sherman discusses the years in the movie business and his inspiration. Make yourself some iced tea and relax in the sun to the music of your childhood. Like me, one of his favorite songs of all is Hushabye Mountain.
If Disney and music are two of your passions, you should also look into The Boys, a film about Walt’s influence on the Sherman Brothers.