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Burt Bacharach Writes From the Heart for ‘Po’ Score

5 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, now 88, has written the song and score for a little movie called “Po”: his first such efforts in 16 years.

The Oscar-winning composer of “Alfie,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Arthur” has a special connection to the project.

Po” is about a single father raising a child with autism. Bacharach’s daughter Nikki, born in 1966, was not diagnosed until late in life with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. She committed suicide in 2007.

“I loved this kid from the time she was born,” Bacharach told Variety.”We thought we were dealing with adolescent behavioral problems. Had I understood what it was, and what she was dealing with, if somebody had told me, I wish it could have been better,” he said.

How the Grammy-winning writer of such hits as “Walk on By,” “The Look of Love” and “What the World Needs Now Is »

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