Al Capone 1899 - 1947, Public Enemy #1, a Mafia Don and a force that seemed unstoppable. But….After a reign of terror, liquor, prostitution, with purchased politicians and police, this notorious gangster was among the first prisoners sent to the new Alcatraz federal prison in August 1934. “It looks like Alcatraz has got me licked,” he reportedly told his warden. In fact, Convict No. 85 became so cooperative that he was permitted to play banjo in the Alcatraz prison band, "the Rock Islanders", which gave Sunday concerts. According to Don Babwin of the Associated Press, Capone “begged the warden for permission to form a small band.” "And for Solo work only,” Capone wrote to his son, boasting that he could play over 500 songs, Capone even wrote a love song, “Madonna Mia,” published posthumously in 2009. Here is a 1920s American Rawhide Company 14” calfskin snare side drum head with a strong signature written in a steel-tipped fountain pen, giving it great durability developed 100 years earlier. It is signed bottom center “To Dave, Al Capone”.