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Harry Von Tilzer

Anglicized, the family’s name was truncated from Gummbinsky right down to Gumm. Harold Gumm discovered piano while developing up in Indianapolis. He went off at age 14 to provide as performing acrobat inside a journeying circus. Craving a far more dignified moniker, Harry used his mother’s maiden name, Tilzer. He …

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