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One Hit Wonders - PAPER LACE (1974)
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"The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace - 


This song tells a story about the notorious gangster Al Capone and his men having a shootout out with the police. As you can see from the comments below, there is plenty of debate as to whether or not the story is true. Mitch Murray, who wrote the song, cleared this up when he sent us the following:
 
I'd like to start by thanking your contributors for so many flattering comments regarding 'The Night Chicago Died.' As co-writer of this song, I feel qualified to settle some of the questions posed by those comments. My writing partner, Peter Callander, and I are both British and it's true, we'd never been to Chicago at the time we wrote the song - many other parts of the USA, but not Chicago. Having been brought up on a tasty diet of American gangster movies, the term 'East Side' usually meant the seamy side of a city. Of course, looking back, it was used about New York, not Chicago. We (actually, I mostly blame Peter because he had the last words on lyrics while I had the last word on the tunes) were obviously a little careless with our research, as we were when we wrote about Al Capone fighting the 'forces of the law' - I really don't think that ever happened; apparently, the cops were nearly all on Capone's payroll. The song was certainly a work of fiction, and as such, perhaps we should have used fictional gangster names. Still, it's hard to have regrets when your song is No 1 in the USA. Just to put the record straight, Paper Lace was the excellent group who recorded our song, but had nothing to do with the writing - that was our department, as was production of the record. Thank you all, once again, for your interest in 'The Night Chicago Died' Mitch Murray, London, England. (West Side of London)
 
Paper Lace's previous release was "Billy Don't Be A Hero," which was also written by Murray and Callander. It topped the UK charts, but they had to watch as Bo Donaldson And The Heywood's cover version reach #1 in the US. This gave them a hit both sides of the Atlantic.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3347

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1974

1 Barbra Streisand The Way We Were
2 Terry Jacks Seasons In The Sun
3 Love Unlimited Orchestra Love's Theme
4 Redbone Come And Get Your Love
5 Jackson 5 Dancing Machine
6 Grand Funk Railroad The Loco-Motion
7 MFSB TSOP
8 Ray Stevens The Streak
9 Elton John Bennie And The Jets
10 Mac Davis One Hell Of A Woman

46 Paper Lace The Night Chicago Died

| Closed on 10/12/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
7 Fans 
29%a. 10 - (Great Song)
29%b. 7-9 (Like that song)
14%c. 5-6 (Song is ok)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
29%e. When it comes to the CUBS, Yes, CHICAGO is dead!

 &nbp;
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#3 | 224 days ago

I remember Jim DeRogatis of the Sun-Times wrote an article about the worst songs about Chicago and this song was number one on his list. He said it was totally inaccurate as Chicago doesn't have an East Side. And I thought to myself,  "where in the hell have I been living my whole life?"
5-6 (Song is ok)  
  
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#1 | 224 days ago

I'm not sure why these guys are listed as a 1 Hit Wonder, they are actually a 2 hit wonder with the other song being "Billy, Don't Be a Hero", but, whatever.
7-9 (Like that song)  
#2 | 224 days ago

This was a favorite song growing up, along with "Billy, Don't Be a Hero"        
It was one song my sister and I could actually agree on ...                            yes
10 - (Great Song)  
#3 | 224 days ago

I remember Jim DeRogatis of the Sun-Times wrote an article about the worst songs about Chicago and this song was number one on his list. He said it was totally inaccurate as Chicago doesn't have an East Side. And I thought to myself,  "where in the hell have I been living my whole life?"
5-6 (Song is ok)  
#4 | 217 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
I'm not sure why these guys are listed as a 1 Hit Wonder, they are actually a 2 hit wonder with the other song being "Billy, Don't Be a Hero", but, whatever.
Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods hit in the US with Billy....
10 - (Great Song)  
#5 | 216 days ago

This is a good song, one of the best memorable one hit wonders of the mid 70's.
#6 | 215 days ago

icfeet wrote:
Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods hit in the US with Billy....
Yes but it was Paper Lace's song (first) that Bo D & The Heywoods ended up covering.
7-9 (Like that song)  
#7 | 213 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Yes but it was Paper Lace's song (first) that Bo D & The Heywoods ended up covering.
Yep...and thanks to your info, I learned that
10 - (Great Song)  

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