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History of the Project

A Tribute to the Gumm Family & Their Songs

Where It Began....

Back in 1995, our producer was asked to research the songs that the Gumm family had sung. Soon a list of 10 songs became 100! This information was printed in a short phamphlet called "Musical Memories" still available at the Judy Garland Birthplace (see Links).

In June of 1997, "An Afternoon with the Gumm Family in 1925" (living history program) was presented in the actual home where the Gumms had lived in Grand Rapids, Minnesota with some of these songs. Attendees included Judy's husband, Sid Luft, and her son, Joe Luft, as well as The Munchkins, Gumm cousins and many, many fans.

Over time, it seemed like it would be a good idea to record some of these wonderful songs for posterity. Thus was born our vaudevillian CD.

An Afternoon with the Gumm Family, 1925
(1997) Alycia Perroto, Carissa Farina, Michelle Russell and Michelle Risse as Jimmie, Baby, Ethel and Janey Gumm

A film reel; Actual size=240 pixels wide

IN SEPTEMBER OF 2001, a trip was taken to Frank Gumm's hometown, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Check our historic sites page for photos. 

IN THE WORKS: An amazing biography of the Gumm Family with information never before revealed and personal family photos.  This amazing saga promises to be a best-seller, so be on the look-out for it sometime in 2006! 


Recording Project


A recording of vaudeville songs, sung by the Gumm Family was released in 2002 under the name, "Made In America." 
This recording is presently being reworked with 8 re-recorded tracks with a hoped for June 2005 release!

Click here if you would like to contribute to the re-release of this CD.  No amount is too small!  For a donation of $20 or more, you will receive a copy of the new CD when it is finished.