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Songwriter Richard Sherman Has The Hits We Remember

This Program Is Rebroadcast From September 17, 2013

We talk with songwriter and composer Richard Sherman about his work on the Disney classics “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” and more.

Songwriter Richard Sherman in the WBUR Studios on Sept. 17, 2013.

Songwriter Richard Sherman in the WBUR Studios on Sept. 17, 2013.

Before “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin,” there was another giant generation of legendary Disney movie musicals.  Call them the classics.  ”Mary Poppins.”  ”The Jungle Book.”  ”Winnie the Pooh.”  More.  And Richard Sherman and his late brother Robert wrote them all.  The music, that is.  And the lyrics that still run deep in the minds of millions around the world.  It is an incredible songbook, with a very distinctive spirit.  This hour On Point:  composer Richard Sherman, on writing the Disney musical classics.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Richard ShermanAcademy- and Grammy-award winning composer and lyricist; with his brother, Robert, composed more motion-picture musical score songs than any other songwriting team in film history. Composed scores and songs for films including “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “Chitty Citty Bang Bang,” “The AristoCats,” and many, many more; co-author of “It’s A Small World After All.”

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New York Times: Cutting Through a Cultural Thicket — “As the band rolled through the familiar Dixieland rumble of “I Wanna Be Like You” and the sunny swing of “The Bare Necessities,” sax and sitar traded improvised solos, and tabla and drums found fresh grooves together. Richard M. Sherman, a songwriter on the 1967 animated film, looked on approvingly, tinkering with lyrics, chiming in with musical advice, or singing along when the occasion moved him.”

NPR: Songs We Love: Disney Songwriters the Sherman Brothers — “Let’s face it. ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ is a song about unbridled Anglophilia. It’s the sound of an American waltzing with a Dickensian fantasy. Composer Robert B. Sherman fell in love with England as a young American soldier recovering there from injuries sustained during World War II, and ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ finds playfulness in the inflexibility of the class system as perhaps only an American could.”

TIME: Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr Banks” – “Emma Thompson has taken on some difficult roles during her career, winning Oscars and numerous other awards for her performances in works based on classic literature and  historical events. But, says the actress, one role stands apart from the rest. ‘She’s the most difficult person I’ve ever played,’ Thompson says of her role as P.L. Travers, the author of the “Mary Poppins” books, in the forthcoming film ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’”

Actress Julie Andrews dances with the chimney sweeps in the chimney-sweep dance number during filming of "Mary Poppins" on a movie set representing London rooftops at the Disney Studios in Hollywood, Ca., Aug. 16, 1963. (AP)

Actress Julie Andrews dances with the chimney sweeps in the chimney-sweep dance number during filming of “Mary Poppins” on a movie set representing London rooftops at the Disney Studios in Hollywood, Ca., Aug. 16, 1963. (AP)

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  • Macushla

    I would love to know what the instrumental music interlude played around 9:15 Central time. Postcards from Paraguay?

    • nkandersen

      We’ll check and get right back to you!
      - nick andersen | on point web producer

      • Macushla

        Thanks, NK!

  • HonestDebate1

    I don’t know, I just really liked this. Merry Christmas, Peace y’all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q

  • Mauricio salmon

    big fan of the show, is there a way to get the podcast for this show, I missed it and would really like to hear it. thanks!

  • Regular_Listener

    Boy, these songs are pretty corny. To be fair about it, mediocre commercial music has always been around, and is still being made today – but I don’t picture most of these tunes standing the test of time.

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