10. “The Age of Not Believing,” from Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971)
One of the most underrated Sherman Brothers scores was Bedknobs & Broomsticks. It’s set during the Blitzes of World War II, and Angela Lansbury stars as apprentice witch Eglantine Price, caretaker of the Rawlins children in the English village of Pepperinge Eye. When young Charlie Rawlins refuses to believe in Eglantine’s magic, she understands because, she says, Charlie is at the age of not believing, a sentiment that turns into the film’s signature song.
Lansbury’s wistful performance of “The Age of Not Believing” became one of the film’s best moments. Take note of the trippy, psychedelic effects in the clip below:
9. “Feed The Birds,” from Mary Poppins (1964)
Here’s the first of three songs on this list from Mary Poppins, which may sound excessive until you consider the fact that this score won two Oscars and a Grammy. The Sherman Brothers wrote a ton of songs for Mary Poppins, and the sentimental ballad “Feed The Birds” became Walt Disney’s all time favorite song.
During the final year of his life, when his health problems became an increasing burden, Disney would call the brothers into his office, usually at the end of the day, and ask them to sing “Feed The Birds.” Richard Sherman recounted that Disney would often start to cry as they sang. After his death the brothers dedicated the song to Disney’s memory every time they performed it.
Take a look at this poignant video of Richard Sherman performing the song at the dedication ceremony for the brothers’ commemorative window on Main Street at Disneyland: