Chim Chim Cher-ee
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"Chim Chim Cher-ee" is a song from Mary Poppins, the 1964 musical motion picture. It was originally sung by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. "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. Mary Poppins premiered on the Broadway stage on November 16, 2006. The song can be heard in the Mary Poppins scene of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios and during the Mary Poppins segment of Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations at Disneyland.
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".
In addition to the "standard" version of the song which Bert sings to the children, he sings short snippets of the song to himself at various times, with different verses specific to an unfolding plot element.
- John Coltrane on the 1965 album The John Coltrane Quartet Plays.
- Duke Ellington released a complete Album with Mary Poppins songs, Duke Ellington Plays Mary Poppins.
- The Howard Roberts Quartet covered this song in 1965.
- The New Christy Minstrels on the 1965 album Chim Chim Cher-ee and Other Happy Songs
- Alvin and the Chipmunks on the 1969 album The Chipmunks Go to the Movies
- Louis Armstrong on Disney Songs The Satchmo Way album.
- Rex Gildo, in German on 1965's Chim-Chim-Cheri
- Mannheim Steamroller on the 1999 album, Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse.
- Pete Doherty performed this song live at the Meltdown festival in 2007.
- Joe Pernice (as "Chim Cheree") on the 2009 album It Feels So Good When I Stop.
- Esperanza Spalding on the 2010 album Everybody Wants To Be A Cat.
- Plastic Tree (in Japanese on the 2011 album V-Rock Disney
- Turin Brakes as a 2011 single, with all UK proceeds going to Shelter (charity).
- On 2013 album Disney - Koe no Oujisama Vol.3, which features various Japanese voice actors covering Disney songs, this song was covered by Takuma Terashima.
- David Alan Grier in Amazon Women on the Moon.
The song was parodied by song parodist Allan Sherman (no relation to the Sherman Brothers), using the song's same title. In his version, he poked fun at the American merchandise seen on TV commercials.
Supporters of English football teams, Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers, sing a version of the song which is a reference to each team's local rivals, West Ham, Aston Villa and Burnley, who all wear claret and blue shirts.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 135. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Duke Ellington Plays Mary Poppins
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- "Turin Brakes - Chim Chim Cheree". Chim Chim Cheree. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
- Sherman, Robert B. Walt's Time: from before to beyond. Santa Clarita: Camphor Tree Publishers, 1998.