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Al Dotoli

Myles Connor with Al Dotoli in the 1960s before they played a show with the Beach Boys. (Courtesy Al Dotoli)
Myles Connor with Al Dotoli in the 1960s before they played a show with the Beach Boys. (Courtesy Al Dotoli)

Al Dotoli is a law-abiding music production manager who once helped his best friend, notorious art thief Myles Connor, out of a serious jam. In 1976, Dotoli, donning a ski mask and using a fictitious name, hand-delivered a stolen Rembrandt to a state police major and assistant U.S. attorney. Connor had stolen the Rembrandt from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in order to negotiate a reduced sentence for another federal crime — trafficking five Wyeth paintings he'd stolen in Maine.

Dotoli and Connor met as teenagers in Milton, Massachusetts, and bonded over a shared love of rock ‘n’ roll. As crime derailed Connor's music ambitions, Dotoli moved on with his own, eventually setting up sound systems for Aretha Franklin, the Dalai Lama and Super Bowl halftime shows.


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