The 1964 Academy Award for Best Original Song in a movie went to “Chim Chim Cher-ee” performed by Dick VanDyke chimney sweep character and the Oscar winning Mary Poppins character played by Julie Andrews in the Disney classic “Mary Poppins.”
The Oscar was presented to the song composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The brothers also won a second Oscar statue for the 1934 Best Music, Score – Substantially Original. In total “Mary Poppins” was nominated in 13 categories and won 5 Oscars.
“Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Step In Time,” “Lets Go Fly a Kite,” and of course “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” were little ten year old me faves: I really wonder how the Academy could just select one song from the awesome Sherman Brothers score.
I loved every tune so much that I vividly recall taking my allowance and going to the now non-existent “Colonial Music Store” to buy a song book to learn to play every tune from “Mary Poppins” on the piano. I never master all of the songs but I sure knew every lyric and nuance and could sing the h**l out of every one of them then and now!
How about you? Which song from “Mary Poppins” is your favorite? Bet you can’t just pick one either.
- ‘Poppins’ enjoying a tuneup (boston.com)