This excerpt from the 1928 "talkie" short "Pep & Personality" features the "Tommy Christian & His Orchestra" consisting of Tommy Christian director, Phil Fisher and Ted Fisher trumpets, Frank Troxell trombone, Harold Lawson and Art Manners clarinet & alto sax, James DeAngeles clarinet & tenor sax, Carl Pickel piano, Paul Close banjo, Victor DeAngeles violin, Harry Rich bass brass, and Art Barnett drums.
*"Who is it? Who?" was composed by Art Barnett (the band's drummer).
Performing a pop song penned by their percussionist "Tommy Christian & His Orchestra" are in top form appearing on the movie screen in their 1928 "talkie" short "Pep & Personality".
The year that this film was shot was a pivotal time in the career of the Tommy Christian Band because beginning in 1928 and every year after through 1933 they would enjoy a well paid gig playing entire Summers in the ballroom of Palisades Amusement Park in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. During the Winter they toured the Vaudeville circuit at Loew�s theaters located mainly in New York. Many of their Palisades Ballroom appearances were broadcast locally over WPAP radio and by 1932 CBS would broadcast Tommy's band across the East Coast.
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