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Al Capone’s Madonna Mia: A Love song

Madonna Mia is a love song that was transcribed by American gangster Al Capone while he was imprisoned in Alcatraz in the 1930′s.  It was dedicated to his loving and ever-faithful wife, Mae.

In April 2009 the sheet music  for the song was put up for sale for US$65,000.  Rich Larsen, co-founder of CaponeFanClub.com, a fan site devoted to Al Capone, re-discovered the song after more than 70 years and described it as “a tearjerker”.  He formed a group of musicians and a vocalist in Chicago and recorded the song.   A 2-minute special news feature about the song can be viewed by searching ABCWorldNews/MadonnaMia.   The interview shown was filmed by ABC News at Chicago Recording Company.

Al Capone’s Bathroom Tiles

The Lexington Hotel in Chicago was Al Capone’s former headquarters, and was the location for the Neilsen Ratings record television special.  It was  broadcast on 181 stations nationwide by WGN Television.  It was entitled “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults” and was hosted by Geraldo Rivera.

Larsen’s son, Chris, recorded video footage of the demolition of the Lexington Hotel in 1995.  The father and son team were at the demolition site at the perfect time to capture the demolition company breaking through the outer walls of the Lexington to reach Capone’s bathroom walls.  When the outer walls were cleared, the green walls were revealed with the help of the million lumen lights that were shining on the building. See the video below…

Al Capone… Ruthless?

We’ve had a few people come onto this site and ask us how we could build a site about Al Capone, a ruthless murderer, and call it a fan club. Well, to be honest, we really don’t feel that any other human being in the world concerned with self preservation would have acted any differently than Al Capone did back in the 1920′s.  And all things considered, the man contributed to society in a number of ways.  Read a few of his biographies and you’ll find out what ways.  Don’t believe everything you see in the movies.

The fact of the matter is that Al Capone would have much rather done business amicably with his rivals.  But they happened to be greedy and unreasonable people who initiated murderous acts against Capone and his gang over control of liquor and beer sales territories.  Being that he was not able to seek protection from the authorities because of the nature of his business, he took matters into his own hands in eliminating his competitors.  These guys  tried to kill him so many times that he had to travel in a custom built, steel plated Cadillac with bullet proof windows.

Some people argue that the nature of business that Al Capone engaged in was illegal, and that he was a greedy, sadistic monster.  The fact is that the government made illegal something that should not have been made illegal. Capone seized an opportunity and  became one of the the pioneers in bootlegging  as a result.  Other gangs in Chicago caught on and wanted to take for themselves what he worked to accomplish; providing spirits to a deprived and demanding market.

So the next time you enjoy a cold beer, or a stiff mixed, you can thank Al Capone for his defiance and perseverance during prohibition.  It probably had some influence on the repeal of prohibition.