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Re: Al Capone - songwriter.

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  • the_blue_fox2006
    That s a really pretty song. I bet it will sell like hotcakes.:)) no pun intended. When it comes out you should play it on the Music Of The Stars!!
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 2, 2009
      That's a really pretty song. I bet it will sell like hotcakes.:)) no pun intended. When it comes out you should play it on the Music Of The Stars!!

      --- In MusicOfTheStars@yahoogroups.com, "mrcooby" <x779@...> wrote:
      > CHICAGO - He never sang to the feds, but it turns out Al Capone had a
      > song in his heart. All it took was a stint in Alcatraz to bring it out.
      > Now, more than 70 years later, the tender love song that the ruthless
      > crime boss penned while sitting in the pen is being recorded and
      > released on CD. And an inscribed copy of the music and lyrics to
      > ``Madonna Mia'' is up for sale at $65,000.
      > LISTEN <http://podcast.kfwb.com/kfwb/1694155.mp3> (This is a
      > promotional recording with baritone Mark Demmin singing ``Madonna Mia,''
      > written by Al Capone.)
      > ``It's a beautiful song, a tearjerker,'' said Rich Larsen of
      > Caponefanclub.com, who helped line up musicians and singers to record
      > it.
      > The story of ``Madonna Mia'' begins in a cell in Alcatraz, where
      > Scarface was sent after getting pinched for tax evasion. Capone, who
      > loved opera and jazz and whose speakeasies hired musicians like Louis
      > Armstrong, apparently had time to kill.
      > Capone could read music and liked to play a banjo and a mandola, which
      > is like a mandolin, only bigger. According to Larsen, who is working on
      > a documentary about Capone's influence on music in the 1920s and '30s,
      > the gangster begged the warden for permission to form a small band. The
      > warden relented, the inmates sent away for instruments, and Capone made
      > music behind bars.
      > Enter Vincent Casey. As part of his training to become a Jesuit priest,
      > Casey would visit Alcatraz to offer spiritual counsel to prisoners in
      > the 1930s. Casey and Capone talked in the mobster's cell every Saturday
      > for two years, becoming good friends, said Casey's son, Mike Casey, a
      > retired airline employee in Temecula, Calif.
      > ``My father spoke very highly of him,'' Casey said. ``It was incredible.
      > This criminal murdered many people, but he told me when you got to know
      > the man in the cellblock on Alcatraz, he was very humble and polite and
      > courteous.''
      > One Christmas, Capone presented his friend with a piece of sheet music.
      > The lyrics told of a man's undying love for his ``Madonna Mia.''
      > ``With your true love to guide me, let whatever betide me, I will never
      > go wrong,'' Capone wrote. ``There's only one moon above, one golden sun,
      > there's only one that I love, you are the one.''
      > The way Larsen tells it, the gangster who supposedly orchestrated the
      > 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre - in which his henchmen pulled machine
      > guns from violin cases, incidentally - was a religious man. So the song
      > might be about the Virgin Mary.
      > But Larsen thinks it is more likely that the song was Capone's valentine
      > to his wife, Mae, who stuck by him, even after he went to prison and
      > suffered the effects of syphilis, the disease that led to his death in
      > 1947.
      > The sheet music is inscribed, ``To my good friend Father Vin Casey with
      > the best in all the world for a Merry Christmas always for you. Alphonse
      > Capone.''
      > Casey took it home. Never ordained, Casey married and before he died in
      > 1960 showed the gift to his son, suggesting that it may have more than
      > just sentimental value.
      > The younger Casey sold the sheet music to an auction house, though he
      > would not say for how much. But today that piece of paper is on sale for
      > $65,000 at the Boston location of Kenneth W. Rendell, a dealer of
      > historical documents.
      > For the past eight months or so, Larsen and a producer have been
      > recording the song, with two singers - a man and a woman - backed by a
      > mandolin, accordion, violin, piano and standup bass. Larsen said the CD
      > should be on sale next month.
      > The song, a clip of which was obtained by The Associated Press, sounds
      > like a traditional Italian love song that was popular at the time.
      > Capone's love of music was evident right up to the end of his life. In
      > his research for a book about Capone, Chicago author Jonathan Eig found
      > that even when Capone's mind was ravaged by syphilis and he was paranoid
      > and delusional, he continued to play his mandola.
      > That doesn't mean that Capone totally abandoned his preferred way of
      > settling scores.
      > ``At one point he got into a fight with an inmate named Lucas, and Lucas
      > stabbed him in the back,'' Eig said. ``Capone responded by hitting him
      > in the face with his banjo.''
      > Eig joked: ``This may be the only time a gangster actually had an
      > instrument in his instrument case.''
      > (AP)
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