(From the AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 3/7)


The tongue-twisting term, sung by magical nanny Mary Poppins, is like much of Mr. Sherman's work – both complex and instantly memorable, for child and adult alike. Once heard, it was never forgotten.

Mr. Sherman, an American who died in London at age 86, was half of a sibling partnership that put songs into the mouths of nannies and Cockney chimney sweeps, jungle animals and Parisian felines.

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