February 10th’s Grammy memorial tribute was beautiful, yet, it had one completely inexcusable omission… Robert M. Sherman. Mr. Sherman wrote/co-wrote more beloved songs and than most of the artists in the theatre last night, ie; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Mary Poppins” and hundreds more below.
With a star on The Walk of Fame and too many awards to mention… someone at #NARAS certainly dropped the ball.
* “Mr. Sherman who passed away in March 2012, was a multiple Grammy winner who, in collaboration with his brother Richard, composed more than fifty iconic motion picture song scores, numerous long-running Broadway and international stage productions, countless songs for television, theme parks and a long list of chart-topping albums and hit songs for recording artists around the world; over a thousand well-known published songs.”
** Robert B. Sherman on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_B._Sherman
**Major film scores
- The Parent Trap, 1961
- In Search of the Castaways, 1962
- Summer Magic, 1963
- The Sword in the Stone, 1963
- Big Red, 1963
- Mary Poppins, 1964
- The Happiest Millionaire, 1967
- The Jungle Book, 1967
- The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, 1968
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968
- The Aristocats, 1970
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971
- Snoopy, Come Home, 1972
- Charlotte’s Web, 1973
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1973
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1974
- The Slipper and the Rose, 1976
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 1977
- The Magic of Lassie, 1978
- Magic Journeys, 1982
- Winnie the Pooh and a Day For Eeyore, 1983
- Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, 1993
- Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving“, 1999
- The Tigger Movie, 2000
**Motion picture screenplays
- Victory Canteen, 1971 (Ivar Theatre, Los Angeles)
- Over Here!, 1974 (Broadway, New York)
- Dawgs, 1983 (Variety Arts Center, Los Angeles)
- Busker Alley, 1995 (U.S. Tour)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2002 (London)
- Mary Poppins, 2004 (London)
- On the Record 2004-2005 (U.S. Tour)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2005 (Broadway, New York)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2005 (UK Tour)
- Busker Alley, 2006 (Broadway, New York — one night only)
- Mary Poppins, 2006 (Broadway, New York)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2007 (Singapore)
- Mary Poppins, 2008 (UK Tour)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 2008 (Second UK Tour)
- Mary Poppins, 2008 (Sweden)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (U.S. Tour)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (Copenhagen)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (Budapest)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (Shanghai)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (Australia)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (South Africa)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (Amsterdam)
- Mary Poppins, 2009 (Helsinki)
- Summer Magic, 2012 ([Morristown,TN])
The note below is from Mr.Sherman’s friends and family –
Dear Grammy/NARAS Committee:
Your oversight last night, failing to even mention prolific, beloved composer/lyricist Robert B. Sherman in your memorial segment of the Grammy broadcast, was inexcusable.
Perhaps you’ve already forgotten him, but Mr. Sherman who passed away in March 2012, was a multiple Grammy winner who, in collaboration with his brother Richard, composed more than fifty iconic motion picture song scores, numerous long-running Broadway and international stage productions, countless songs for television, theme parks and a long list of chart-topping albums and hit songs for recording artists around the world; over a thousand well-known published songs.
Robert B. Sherman’s career spanned 60 years — five years longer than your organization has been in existence — so he is clearly a pioneer in the music industry and was certainly worthy of inclusion last night. Furthermore, the Sherman Brothers’ songs have been recorded and continue to be covered to this day by members in every single branch of your Academy. Robert B. Sherman and his brother touched, influenced and inspired virtually everyone in NARAS and their families, just as their music and lyrics have brought joy and happiness to many generations and to people all over the world.
Robert B. Sherman’s omission from last night’s Grammy tribute obviously cannot be corrected, but perhaps the Sherman Brothers could be honored next year by NARAS with a Lifetime Achievement award. Considering Robert’s and his brothers’ vast musical achievements and contributions to your membership and to the world, this would be a lovely and much-deserved recognition.
- 1977 “Pioneer Award” awarded in Los Angeles, California.
- 1991 “Lifetime Achievement Award” awarded at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Golden Videocassette Award
- 1965 Won Grammy in the category of “Best Original Score for a Motion Picture or Television Show” for Mary Poppins
- 1972 Nominated Grammy in the category of “Best Original Score for a Children’s Show” for Snoopy Come Home
- 1974 Nominated Grammy in the category of “Best Original Score for a Musical Show” for Over Here!
Moscow Film Festival
- 1973 First Place Award in the category of “Best Music” for Tom Sawyer
National Medal of Arts
Songwriters Hall of Fame
- 2005 induction at the Marriott Hotel on Times Square in New York City.
Theatre Museum Award
- 2010 Career Achievement Award presented on May 17, 2010 at The Players Club in New York City.
Variety Club Awards
Walk of Fame
- 1976 A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded to “Richard & Robert Sherman” on November 17, 1976, located at 6914 Hollywood Blvd.
(Below PHOTO Grammy Awards 1965) l-r: Henry Mancini, Robert B. Sherman, Nancy Wilson, Richard M. Sherman