Tommy Gumina

Thomas Joseph Gumina (May 20, 1931 in Milwaukee – October 28, 2013) was an American jazz accordionist and musical instrument builder.

Gumina began playing accordion at age eleven, and took lessons on the instrument in Chicago throughout the second half of the 1940s. He began working with Harry James on television in 1952 as an accompanist for popular tunes, and in 1955 Gumina began working on his own, both solo and with an ensemble. He recorded with Buddy DeFranco and Willie Smith in the 1960s, and began experimenting with modifying an electric accordion, whose amplified sound resembled that of an electronic organ. He was occasionally active as a performer in the 1970s (e.g., with Art Pepper in 1974), but increasingly concentrated on his amplifier manufacturing business, Polytone Musical Instruments, which was based in North Hollywood, California. He and Joe Pass co-founded Polytone Records in 1987.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 20, 1931 (Milwaukee), Died October 28, 2013 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1956 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: accordion

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 100539 8/28/1956 Softly as in a morning sunrise Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100540 8/28/1956 Cherokee Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100541 8/28/1956 If I loved you Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100542 8/28/1956 Theme from Pagliacci Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100543 8/28/1956 What's new Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100544 8/28/1956 How high the moon Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100545 8/29/1956 Come back to Sorrento Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100546 8/28/1956 The man I love Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100547 8/26/1956 Runaway Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100548 8/29/1956 Waltz in C sharp minor Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100549 8/29/1956 Lover Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100550 8/29/1956 Flight of the bumble bee Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100551 8/29/1956 Motorcycle polka Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 100552 8/29/1956 Cumana Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10287 6/19/1957 Believe in mi (Credimi) Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10288 6/19/1957 Non dimenticar (Don't forget) Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10289 6/19/1957 Summertime in Venice Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10290 6/19/1957 Malasierra Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10291 6/19/1957 Autumn in Rome Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10292 6/19/1957 I only know I love you Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10293 6/19/1957 Woman of the river Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10294 6/19/1957 Munasterio 'e Santa Chiara Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10295 6/19/1957 Souvenir d'Italie Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10296 6/20/1957 Maria mia Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10297 6/20/1957 Giovanette balamo (Dance young .. ) Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 10298 6/20/1957 Love theme from La Strada Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11250 11/25/1958 Bach preludes No.10 & No.9 Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11251 11/25/1958 March of the dwarfs Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11252 11/25/1958 Polonaise in A flat Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11253 12/5/1958 Perpetual motion Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11254 12/5/1958 Hora staccato Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11255 11/26/1958 Seriramide Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11256 11/26/1958 Ritual fire dance Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11257 11/26/1958 Malaguena Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11258 12/5/1958 Dance of the accordions Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11706 8/17/1959 Roses of Rio Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11707 8/17/1959 Lonely Winter Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11708 8/17/1959 You had better change your ways Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11709 8/17/1959 Rock away Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11975 3/15/1960 All the things you are Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11976 3/15/1960 Ill wind (You're blowin' me now .. ) Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11977 3/15/1960 Polka dots and moonbeams Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11978 3/15/1960 The song is you Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11979 3/15/1960 Misty Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11980 3/16/1960 A foggy day Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11981 3/16/1960 I hear a rhapsody Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11982 3/16/1960 Yesterdays Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11983 3/16/1960 How high the moon Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11984 3/16/1960 Darn that dream Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11985 3/31/1960 Satin doll Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 11986 3/31/1960 In a mellow tone Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca L 12006 3/31/1960 Autumn in Rome Buddy De Franco ; Tommy Gumina instrumentalist, accordion  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gumina, Tommy," accessed April 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/319317.

Gumina, Tommy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/319317.

"Gumina, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 April 2024.

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