'It's a Small World' Songwriter Dead at 86

Robert Sherman also co-wrote 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 5:09 PM CST

(Newser) – Songwriter Robert Sherman is dead at 86, and the AP notes that his life's work might be summed up in the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." He and brother Richard wrote that song along with the ubiquitous "It's a Small World (After All)" for Disney. They also wrote the scores for movies such as The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins (including a best-song Oscar for "Chim Chim Cher-ee"), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And that's just a small sampling.

"He was a very simple guy—complex but simple," says son Jeffrey. "If you ever want to know about my dad, listen to the lyrics of his songs." (Read more Robert Sherman stories.)

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