These two black-and-white prints were signed and inscribed (personalizations edited for privacy) by Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman in 2014. Both images are from the set of 1963’s Summer Magic. The first features the Sherman Brothers, who scored the film, alongside star Hayley Mills. The second image shows Mills posing with Burl Ives, who played Osh Popham in the film.
One-half of the Sherman Brothers song-writing duo whose compositions provide the soundtrack for some of the most beloved films and theme-park attractions of all time, the younger Sherman was born two-and-a-half years after brother Robert (1925-2012) in New York City on June 12, 1928. Sons of a songwriter, the boys grew up in a musical household and Richard went on to study the subject at Bard College, before being drafted into the Army in the early fifties. There, he served two years as conductor of the Army band and glee club. He and his brother had, up to that point, enjoyed limited success writing together, but when famed Mouseketeer Annette Funicello picked up their song “Tall Paul” and turned it into a hit record, their careers took off. The Disney connection paid dividends in the form of a thirteen-year tenure at the studios, during which they scored such live-action films as The Parent Trap, In Search of the Castaways, Summer Magic, The Happiest Millionaire, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and of course the Academy-Award-winning masterpiece Mary Poppins, for which they took home two Oscars themselves (Best Score and Best Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). The animated projects for which they provided their talents include the Winnie the Pooh series of films, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats. And, of course, some of their most beloved work is featured in classic theme-park attractions like It’s a Small World, Carousel of Progress, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, and Journey into Imagination.
These prints, signed and personalized by one of the most successful and well-known Disney artists of all time, pay tribute to one of the many highlights of the Sherman Brothers’ historic career, as well as the collaborative relationships with Walt Disney and the many talented artists that led to unparalleled success for all involved.