PHOTOS: Robert Sherman, Disney Composer, Remembered by Bob Iger, Alan Menken
A somber tune plays in the wake of the death of beloved composer Robert Sherman.
Working alongside his brother Richard, Sherman wrote the scores to films loved by generations of moviegoers. A recipient of virtually every possible musical honor, from Grammys to membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame to having his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sherman passed away on Monday at the age of 86.
Best known for his work on Disney films, Sherman was remembered by the studio's CEO, Bob Iger.
“Today, on behalf of everyone at Disney, we mourn the loss of an extraordinary talent, Robert Sherman,” he said in a statement. “One of the world’s greatest songwriters and a true Disney legend, his legacy will endure forever through the magic of his music. From Mary Poppins and 'It’s a Small World' to Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book, Robert, along with his brother Richard, wrote many of Disney’s most memorable and beloved songs, which continue to enchant millions of people around the world to this day.”
Alan Menken, who has followed in Sherman's footsteps as one of Disney's top, Grammy winning composers, also issued a statement expressing his great sadness.
"The Sherman Brothers' legacy goes far beyond the craft of songwriting," he said. "There is a magic in their songs and in the films and musicals they breathed life into. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Robert Sherman and, in particular, with Richard Sherman, who has been a dear and precious friend to me."
Above and below, enjoy a series of photos featuring Sherman hard at work, crafting songs for Disney.