Robbie Sherman Explains: Making Peace with Having a Famous Parent

Robbie Sherman with his father Robert B Sherman (1978)
Robbie Sherman with his father Robert B Sherman (1978)

Robbie Sherman with his father Robert B Sherman (1978)

With music running through the branches of his family tree, was Robbie Sherman always destined to become a songwriter? His earliest memory is pretty telling…


 

Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains:

My earliest memory is that I wanted to be a songwriter. It’s a strange thing to call an “earliest memory”, I suppose. But there it is. I was, perhaps two or three years old. From where I stood, my father and uncle wrote the type of music that children loved, so their music was accessible to me both because it was always at hand and also because it was age appropriate for me to hear. And I listened to Sherman Brothers’ music all the time growing up.

The 1972 soundtrack of Snoopy Come Home

The 1972 soundtrack of Snoopy Come Home

Mick Jagger’s three-year-old wouldn’t have necessarily listened to the latest Rolling Stones album. Maybe a bit of the Stones, but it wouldn’t have been on regular rotation. Mary Poppins, The Aristocats, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, those would have been. That music was age appropriate. And my Dad and Uncle were at the top of their careers when I was very young.

So one day my father had come home with the acetate recordings of the Snoopy Come Home soundtrack. I remember my family sitting in the living room and listening back to the record. It was at that moment that I remember first thinking that songwriting would be the line of work I would go into as well. That is my earliest memory.

I do think having a famous parent, especially a parent who is famous for something you aspire to do yourself professionally, is something one must learn to find peace with. I’m very much at peace with it.