CAPONE ALPHONSE [AL] (1899-1947).

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CAPONE ALPHONSE [AL] (1899-1947).

Autograph MANUSCRIPT, signed « Alphonse Capone », music and lyrics for Madonna Mia, [Alcatraz, between 1934 and 1939]; 1 page in-fol. format (pencil); in English
Dedicated to his favorite Jesuit priest: “To my good friend Father Vin Casey with the best in all the world for a Merry Christmas always for you”. Capone had printed the lyrics to “Madonna Mia”, beginning “In a quaint I-tal-ian gar-den, while the stars were all a-glow, once I heard a lov-er sing-ing, to the one that he loved so…”
When imprisoned at Alcatraz, Al Capone became very interested in music and taught himself to play the mandola, an eight stringed, teardrop shaped instrument similar to a mandolin. “At one point ... Capone composed an original song called ‘Madonna Mia’ ... He gave the sheet music to Vincent Casey, a young Jesuit priest who visited inmates at Alcatraz and counseled Capone every week for two years.” [Jonathan Eig, Get Capone: The Secret Plot that captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster, 2010].
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