Generally Sherman

Hearing news reports about the death of Robert Sherman was like listening to a soundtrack of my childhood. He and his brother wrote songs for many iconic movies from my youth. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” remains one of my all-time favorite films. “Mary Poppins” is the first movie I remember seeing in a theatre.

The much-maligned “It’s a Small World (After All)” debuted not at Disneyland but at the New York World’s Fair. Visiting the Fair is another of my earliest memories.

Because the Shermans are so associated with Disney, I did not realize that they had also written songs for non-Disney films such as “Charlotte’s Web,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Snoopy, Come Home.” My father sang “No Dogs Allowed” for years after taking us to see “Snoopy, Come Home” at a drive-in theatre in the Hamptons.

“The Sherman Brothers Songbook” is a two-disc set with 59 amazing songs like “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room.” I added the album to my wishlist even though I already have most of the songs in other compilations. Looking up information on the Shermans also led me to discover that they wrote a song that Don & Mike used to play at WAVA for its camp value. I can still picture the tape cart for “Pineapple Princess” with my friend Bean’s handwriting on the label.

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