Madonna Mia

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For the song by Oscar Wilde, see Music based on the works of Oscar Wilde § Madonna mia. For the collaboration of Madonna, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj, see Give Me All Your Luvin'.
"Madonna Mia"
Writer(s) Al Capone

"Madonna Mia" is a love song that was transcribed by American gangster Al Capone while he was imprisoned in Alcatraz. Capone presented a copy of the sheet music for the song to Father Vincent Casey, who visited the prisoners in Alcatraz frequently in the 1930s while training to become a Jesuit priest. Capone created his own arrangement of the song as a tribute to his wife Mae.[1]

In April 2009, a copy of the sheet music and lyrics for the song were put up for sale for US$65,000.[1] Rich Larsen with, a 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 to record the song, which was released on CD May 2009.[2]


  1. ^ a b Associated Press (April 17, 2009). "Al Capone's secret song". The Straits Times. Retrieved April 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ John Winn (16 April 2009). "Al Capone musical discovered 70 years after his death". The Celebrity Cafe. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 

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