Richard and Robert Sherman already have a permanent presence in Disneyland with their songs like “It’s a Small World” and “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.”
On Thursday, the songwriting brothers got a tangible place in the park.
Disney dedicated a window on Main Street U.S.A. to the Sherman brothers, the highest honor from the Disneyland Resort.
The brothers wrote more than 150 songs for Disney alone, most famously penning the tunes for “Mary Poppins.” Robert Sherman was unable to attend the event, but he spoke over a radio from London.
During the ceremony, Disney performers presented medleys of the Shermans’ songs. Richard Sherman himself got behind the piano on a Main Street sidewalk toward the end to sing “Feed the Birds,” Walt Disney’s favorite Sherman brothers’ tune.
Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, said many people were raised by the Sherman brothers with songs that are part of “our collective DNA” and touch hearts and minds.
“It sounds like an old friend the first time you hear it,” Schumacher said of the traits of Sherman brothers’ songs.
Disney did not announce the ceremony’s date ahead of time. Still, about 100 people gathered outside the roped area to get a glimpse of Sherman.
“It represents everything that’s good about Disney music. It’s timeless,” said Roberto Romero, 35, of Huntington Beach. The new window is on a door by the entrance to the 20th Century Music Company store. The window states: “Two Brothers Tune Makers. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, proprietors.”
During his speech, Richard Sherman recalled the first time he went to Disneyland in 1955, a few months after the park opened. Sherman was unemployed and trying to sell songs. “It was the most wonderful day I’d ever spent,” he said. He hardly noticed the windows on Main Street U.S.A.
Five years later, the Shermans began their nearly 50-year collaboration with Disney, starting mostly with songs for “The Parent Trap” and actress Annette Funicello.
Now, Sherman personally knows almost all of the people with names on Disneyland windows. And early Thursday, he was still trying to absorb that his name is now among those on the windows he first saw 55 years ago.
“The thought of it never occurred to me,” Richard Sherman said. “A day like this is a dream.”
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