Chim Chim Cher-ee

'Chim Chim Cher-ee' is the Oscar winning song from Mary Poppins, the 1964 musical motion picture. It was originally sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. 'Chim Chim Cher-ee' is also featured prominently in the award winning Cameron Mackintosh/Disney stage musical of the same name which premiered in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2004.

Composition

The song is written in A minor by composers Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman (also known as the Sherman Brothers) who also won an Oscar and a Grammy for Mary Poppins' song score. The song was inspired by one of the drawings of a chimney sweep created by Mary Poppins' screenwriter, Don DaGradi. When asked about the drawing by the Sherman Brothers, DaGradi explained the ancient British folklore attributed to 'sweeps' and how shaking hands with one could bring a person good luck. In their 1961 treatment, the Sherman Brothers had already amalgamated many of the P.L. Travers characters in the creation of 'Bert'. His theme music became 'Chim Chim Cher-ee'.

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