Egbert Van Alstyne

Real Name:
Egbert Anson Van Alstyne
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U.S. American songwriter and pianist (March 4, 1878 - July 9, 1951).

Van Alstyne was the composer of a number of popular and ragtime tunes from the early 20th century.

He was born in Marengo, Illinois. After some time touring in Vaudeville he moved to New York City, initially working as a Tin Pan Alley song-plugger until he was able to make his living as a songwriter. He teamed with lyricist Harry Williams (2). Their first success was "Navajo" which was introduced in the Broadway musical Nancy Brown in 1903 and became one of the first records by Billy Murray early in 1904. Their best remembered song is In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree from 1905.

Other Van Alstyne hits included "Won't You Come Over to My House?", "I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark", and "Memories".

Van Alstyne shares credit with Tony Jackson (7) on the hit "Pretty Baby". It was common for Tin Pan Alley publishers to add the name of one of their famous hit makers to tunes, and many have speculated this as being the main reason for Van Alstyne's name appearing on the piece, but Van Alstyne may have had a hand in writing or modifying the verse to Jackson's famous chorus.

He recorded a number of piano rolls.
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31277 Navajo Two-Step — Egbert Van Alstyne Dance Orchestra* Navajo Two-Step Dance Orchestra* - Navajo Two-Step(Shellac, 12", S/Sided) Deluxe Record 31277 US 1904 Sell This Version
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1721 Navajo — Egbert Van Alstyne J. W. Myers J. W. Myers - Navajo(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia 1721 US 1904 Sell This Version
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3153 In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree — Egbert Van Alstyne Albert Campbell (2) In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree Albert Campbell (2) - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree(Shellac, 10", 80 RPM, S/Sided) Columbia 3153 US 1905 Sell This Version
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4337 In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree — Egbert Van Alstyne Harry Macdonough And Haydn Quartet In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (as Van Alstyne) Harry Macdonough And Haydn Quartet - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4337 US 1905 Sell This Version
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8958 In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree — Egbert Van Alstyne Band* In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree Band* - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree(Cyl, 2min) Edison Gold Moulded Records 8958 US 1905 Sell This Version
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4503 In Dear Old Georgia — Egbert Van Alstyne Frank C. Stanley In Dear Old Georgia Frank C. Stanley - In Dear Old Georgia(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4503 US 1905 Sell This Version
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4612 My Hindoo Man — Egbert Van Alstyne Peter Lewin (3) My Hindoo Man (as Van Alstyne) Peter Lewin (3) - My Hindoo Man(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4612 US 1906 Sell This Version
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4381 In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree — Egbert Van Alstyne Arthur Pryor In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (as Van Alstyne) Arthur Pryor - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree(Shellac, 10", S/Sided, RP) Victor 4381 US 1906 Sell This Version
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9394 Won't You Come Over To My House — Egbert Van Alstyne Irving Gillette Won't You Come Over To My House Irving Gillette - Won't You Come Over To My House(Cyl, 2min) Edison Gold Moulded Records 9394 US 1906 Sell This Version
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3767 I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark — Egbert Van Alstyne Billy Murray I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark Billy Murray - I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia 3767 US 1906 Sell This Version
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4593 Why Don't You Try? — Egbert Van Alstyne Harry Tally Why Don't You Try? (as Van Alstyne) Harry Tally - Why Don't You Try?(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4593 US 1906 Sell This Version
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A423 Black Jim / I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark — Egbert Van Alstyne Columbia Quartette / Billy Murray I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark Columbia Quartette / Billy Murray - Black Jim / I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark(Shellac, 10") Columbia A423 US 1907 Sell This Version
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3603 Won't You Come Over To My House — Egbert Van Alstyne Henry Burr Won't You Come Over To My House Henry Burr - Won't You Come Over To My House(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia 3603 US 1907 Sell This Version
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9488 I've Got A Vacant Room For You — Egbert Van Alstyne Bob Roberts (9) I've Got A Vacant Room For You Bob Roberts (9) - I've Got A Vacant Room For You(Cyl, 2min) Edison Gold Moulded Records 9488 US 1907 Sell This Version
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5121 The Tale That The Church Bell Tolled — Egbert Van Alstyne Harry Macdonough The Tale That The Church Bell Tolled (as Van Alstyne) Harry Macdonough - The Tale That The Church Bell Tolled(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 5121 US 1907 Sell This Version
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5099 San Antonio — Egbert Van Alstyne Billy Murray San Antonio (as Van Alstyne) Billy Murray - San Antonio(Shellac, 8", S/Sided) Victor 5099 US 1907 Sell This Version
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5395 Darkies' Spring Song — Egbert Van Alstyne Arthur Pryor's Band Darkies' Spring Song (as Van Alstyne) Arthur Pryor's Band - Darkies' Spring Song Victor 5395 US 1908 Sell This Version
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5550 It Looks Like A Big Night To-Night — Egbert Van Alstyne Billy Murray It Looks Like A Big Night To-Night (as Van Alstyne) Billy Murray - It Looks Like A Big Night To-Night(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 5550 US 1908 Sell This Version
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A275 Reuben Haskin's Trip 'Round The World In His Airship Len Spencer / Collins And Harlan Good-A-Bye John Len Spencer / Collins And Harlan - Reuben Haskin's Trip 'Round The World In His Airship "Luna" / Good-A-Bye John(Shellac, 10") Columbia A275 US 1908 Sell This Version
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9780 I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark — Egbert Van Alstyne Billy Murray I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark (as Van Alstyne) Billy Murray - I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark(Cyl, 2min) Edison Gold Moulded Records 9780 US 1908 Sell This Version
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4719 Cheyenne — Egbert Van Alstyne Billy Murray With Orchestra Cheyenne Billy Murray With Orchestra - Cheyenne(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4719 US 1908 Sell This Version
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16554 I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark / I Used To Be Afraid To Go Home In The Dark — Egbert Van Alstyne Billy Murray I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark and 1 more… Billy Murray - I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark / I Used To Be Afraid To Go Home In The Dark(Shellac, 10") Victor 16554 US 1908 Sell This Version
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16102 Cheyenne / Peaches And Cream — Egbert Van Alstyne Billy Murray / Miss Jones* And Mr. Spencer* Cheyenne (as Van Alstyne) Billy Murray / Miss Jones* And Mr. Spencer* - Cheyenne / Peaches And Cream Victor 16102 US 1909 Sell This Version
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16336 Liza / Under The Irish Moon — Egbert Van Alstyne Peerless Quartet* / Billy Murray Liza (as Van Alstyne) Peerless Quartet* / Billy Murray - Liza / Under The Irish Moon(Shellac, 10") Victor 16336 US 1909 Sell This Version
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A758 Then We'll All Go Home / Blitz And Blatz In An Aeroplane — Egbert Van Alstyne Ed. Morton* / Duprez* And Roberts* Then We'll All Go Home (as Van Alstyne) Ed. Morton* / Duprez* And Roberts* - Then We'll All Go Home / Blitz And Blatz In An Aeroplane(Shellac, 10") Columbia A758 US 1909 Sell This Version