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According to the Associated Press, a love song that the mobster wrote while imprisoned in Alcatraz, where Scarface happened to be residing after his conviction for tax evasion, has been recorded by a singing duo.
"With your true love to guide me, let whatever betide me, I will never go wrong," the man and woman sing. "There's one moon above, one golden sun, there's only one that I love, you are the one."
The recording is the product of Rich Larsen. The manager of the Capone fan Web site, caponefanclub.com, orchestrated the project after discovering the song sheet.
"It's a beautiful song," he said of the "Madonna Mia" piece. "A tearjerker."
Although Capone is better known for penning mob hits than musical numbers, the mobster was a fluent musician, playing the banjo and mandola. In the 1930s, he organized a prison band in Alcatraz prison which is the only such group known to have existed in the penal institution.
It is in Alcatraz that Capone came face to face with his biggest and perhaps only ally, Jesuit priest trainee Vincent Casey. Over a two-year period, the pair talked and prayed together. One Christmas, the former head of the Chicago Outfit presented Casey with a song sheet. The song told of a man's love for his "Madonna Mia."
Casey would later leave the cloth and marry, fathering a son named Mike. But he never forgot his friendship with Capone.
"My father spoke highly of him," the younger Casey said. "It was incredible. This criminal murdered many people, but he told me when you got to know the man in the cell block in Alcatraz, he was very polite and humble and courteous."
Mike Casey later sold the sheet to an auction house for an undisclosed sum. The "Madonna Mia" piece later went for sale by a Boston-based dealer of historical documents.
Meanwhile, speculation continues as to the nature of the "Madonna Mia." Though Larsen believes the "Madonna" in Capone's ditty refers to the Virgin Mary, he admits it could just as easily be Capone's Irish immigrant wife Mae, who stood by his side until his death in 1947.
The CD goes on sale next month.