January 15 2016

StrongWriter On the Radio: (Episode 66) “Richard Sherman – Serenading the Kiss Goodnight For Walt Disney”

“Richard Sherman – Serenading the Kiss Goodnight For Walt Disney”
including the song “A Kiss Goodnight” sung by Ashley Brown

I certainly hope you enjoyed the first part of my series, when I talked to songwriting legend Richard M. Sherman.  But if you missed it, you can go back and listen to it here, and then come back and hear part two!  In this episode, Mr. Sherman and I discussed how he and his brother Robert wrote songs together, and he gave me insight on what makes a great song.  Richard also shared the story behind the writing of a tune that is now used as the soundtrack during Disneyland’s closing fireworks show, called “A Kiss Goodnight.”  Then I picked up some note cards and asked a mixed bag of questions, and got some great answers from Richard, including a backstory on the Mary Poppins experience.  When you hear Richard M. Sherman offer up the wisdom of more than six decades of his experience, you’ll feel that there is, indeed, a great big beautiful tomorrow!

~ Dean

Featured Guest:   Richard M. Sherman

Over the years, Richard M. Sherman and his late brother Robert B. Sherman, wrote more songs for motion pictures than any team in cinematic history.  As the foremost composer-lyricists in family entertainment, they have written the soundtrack of our childhood, most prominently working for Walt Disney.

Richard’s achievements include:  Two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins (score) and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” (song), nine Oscar nominations, three Grammy Awards, twenty-four Gold and Platinum albums, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, an honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Bard College, and in 2008 at the White House, ‘National Medal of Arts’ the highest honor bestowed on American-born artists.

The Sherman Brothers wrote over 200 songs featured in Walt Disney’s films, TV shows and theme parks. Their 36 feature Disney film credits include:  Mary Poppins, Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Happiest Millionaire, and the Winnie the Pooh series. They wrote Disney’s long-running TV theme song, “The Wonderful World Of Color,” and their many contributions to Disney theme parks include: “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,” “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” (Carousel of Progress), and “One Little Spark” (EPCOT).

Get the reissued edition of SMASH FLOPS
featuring songs by Sherman & Larsen.

Available at iTunes!



Richard Sherman Plays ''Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'' at D23 Event

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Special thanks to Richard M. Sherman for the use of his images and music.
© 2015 Richard M. Sherman – All Rights Reserved

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DEAN OLSON is a songwriter and executive producer of the weekly radio show "StrongWriter On the Radio." The popular program airs Fridays on Amazing Men Of Power and Music Day (AWOP / Raven International Network)