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Al Capone: Gangster, Tough Guy, Songwriter

By Zach Christman
|  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009  |  Updated 2:10 PM CDT
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Al Capone: Gangster, Tough Guy, Songwriter

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Oscar and Al. It has musical written all over it.

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Studs Terkel noted that people around the world respond to someone who's just told them they're from the Windy City with "Oh, I know Chicago! Bang! Bang!"

Al Capone is truly the man who made Chicago infamous, but soon people the world over may think of a new sound when they hear about Chicago -- the love song of its most famous gangster.

Capone never sang to the feds, but his stint in Alcatraz turned him into a songwriter.

It turns out he penned a traditional Italian love song he called "Madonna Mia," but it has never been performed.

Rich Larson, from the Capone Fan Club (that's right -- there's a Capone fan club) was instrumental in putting a band together to record the music.  He called the song a "tearjerker."

The song is soon to be released on CD.  An inscribed copy of the music is now up for a cool $65,000, the Associated Press noted.

"Madonna Mia," by the way, is also a poem by Oscar Wilde, who spent some time in jail himself, although for entirely different reasons. Not sure if Capone was trying to tell us something there.

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