The Night Chicago Died: PAPER LACE

Australian singles chart:
The Night Chicago Died entered the Kent Music Report on 19 August 1974 and went all the way to #1. It was #2 on the Top 100 of 1974.

The song is on Paper Lace which entered the Kent Music Report album chart on 14 October 1974 and reached #32.

Peter Callander, Mitch Murray

Peter Callander, Mitch Murray

The Night Chicago Died by the British group Paper Lace was written by Peter Callander and Mitch Murray. It is about a fictional shoot-out between the Chicago Police and members of the Al Capone Syndicate. The narrator retells his mother’s anguish while awaiting news of the fate of her husband, a Chicago policeman.
It was inspired by the real-life Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, although that involved Capone’s men killing seven of Bugs Moran’s gang members and had nothing to do with the police. No confrontation large enough to leave around one hundred police deaths ever happened.
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