RIP Robert B. Sherman. Wait–Who?

On Monday, Robert B. Sherman died.  You may not know his name, but you’ll certainly recognize his greatest lyrical achievement.  Together with his brother, Richard, he wrote more than 150 songs for Disney.

His greatest contribution to the history of song lyrics?  The word “supercalifragilisticexpialidotious” for Mary Poppins in 1964.  In case you don’t know, the word means “good.”

His most agregious addition to the musical canon of humankind?  He and Richard can be blamed for writing “It’s a Small World.”  That alone may have affected which level of afterlife Sherman now occupies.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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