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.
Published at 2:10 PM CDT on Apr 28, 2009