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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3767 Egbert Van Alstyne - I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark album art 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
16102 Egbert Van Alstyne - Cheynne-Cowboy Song / Peaches and Cream album art Billy Murray / Ada Jones, Len Spencer Cheyenne-Cowboy Song Billy Murray / Ada Jones, Len Spencer - Cheynne-Cowboy Song / Peaches and Cream(Shellac, 10") Victor 16102 US 1906 Sell This Version
A423 Egbert Van Alstyne - Black Jim / I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark album art 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
5121 Egbert Van Alstyne - The Tale That The Church Bell Tolled album art 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
9780 Egbert Van Alstyne - I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark album art 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
5395 Egbert Van Alstyne - Darkies' Spring Song album art Arthur Pryor's Band Darkies' Spring Song (as Van Alstyne) Arthur Pryor's Band - Darkies' Spring Song(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 5395 US 1909 Sell This Version
A758 Egbert Van Alstyne - Then We'll All Go Home / Blitz And Blatz In An Aeroplane album art 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
A5084 Egbert Van Alstyne - Four Little Sugar Plums album art Prince's Orchestra It Looks Like A Big Night To-Night (as Van Alstyne) Prince's Orchestra - Four Little Sugar Plums(Shellac, 12") Columbia A5084 US 1909 Sell This Version
16499 Egbert Van Alstyne - Yale Boola March / What's The Matter With Father album art Arthur Pryor's Band / Billy Murray What's The Matter With Father (as Van Alstyne) Arthur Pryor's Band / Billy Murray - Yale Boola March / What's The Matter With Father(Shellac, 10") Victor 16499 US 1910 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - Down By The Old Mill Stream / Oh That Navajo Rag album art Harry Macdonough And Chorus* / Billy Murray And American Quartet Oh That Navajo Rag (as Van Alstyne) Harry Macdonough And Chorus* / Billy Murray And American Quartet - Down By The Old Mill Stream / Oh That Navajo Rag Victor US 1911 Sell This Version
A1343 Egbert Van Alstyne - Sunshine And Roses / How Could I Know? album art Peerless Quartette Sunshine And Roses Peerless Quartette - Sunshine And Roses / How Could I Know?(Shellac, 10") Columbia A1343 US 1913 Sell This Version
A1923 Egbert Van Alstyne - Memories / My Mother's Rosary album art Harry McClaskey Memories (as Van Alstyne) Harry McClaskey - Memories / My Mother's Rosary(Shellac, 10") Columbia A1923 US 1915 Sell This Version
50269 Egbert Van Alstyne - When My Ship Comes In / When I Was A Dreamer album art Mayo* And Tally* / George Wilton Ballard When I Was A Dreamer Mayo* And Tally* / George Wilton Ballard - When My Ship Comes In / When I Was A Dreamer(Edison Disc) Edison Records 50269 US 1915 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - Memories / One Fleeting Hour album art John Barnes Wells / Elsie Baker Memories (as Egbert van Alstyne) John Barnes Wells / Elsie Baker - Memories / One Fleeting Hour Victor US 1916 Sell This Version
20087 Egbert Van Alstyne - Pretty Baby / Teasing The Cat album art Van Eps-Banta Dance Orch.* Pretty Baby (as Van Alstyne) Van Eps-Banta Dance Orch.* - Pretty Baby / Teasing The Cat(Shellac, 10½) Pathé 20087 US 1916 Sell This Version
50345 Egbert Van Alstyne - Memories / What A Wonderful Mother You'd Be album art Burton Lenihan / Walter Van Brunt Memories Burton Lenihan / Walter Van Brunt - Memories / What A Wonderful Mother You'd Be(Edison Disc) Edison Records 50345 US 1916 Sell This Version
18162 Egbert Van Alstyne - Pretty Baby / Give Me All Of You album art Orpheus Quartet / Alice Green (2) - Edward Hamilton (3) Pretty Baby (as Van Alstyne) Orpheus Quartet / Alice Green (2) - Edward Hamilton (3) - Pretty Baby / Give Me All Of You(Shellac, 10") Victor 18162 US 1916 Sell This Version
A2108 Egbert Van Alstyne - I Know I Got More Than My Share / Just A Word Of Sympathy album art Robert Lewis (9) / Vernon Dalhart Just A Word Of Sympathy (as Van Alstyne) Robert Lewis (9) / Vernon Dalhart - I Know I Got More Than My Share / Just A Word Of Sympathy(Shellac, 10", Single) Columbia A2108 USA & Canada 1916 Sell This Version
18374 Egbert Van Alstyne - Somewhere In France Is Daddy / So Long, Mother album art Charles H. Hart* So Long, Mother (as Van Alstyne) Charles H. Hart* - Somewhere In France Is Daddy / So Long, Mother(Shellac, 10") Victor 18374 US 1917 Sell This Version
A2263 Egbert Van Alstyne - Because You're Irish / Lookout Mountain album art Hugh Donovan / Albert Campbell and Henry Burr* Because You're Irish (as Van Alstyne) Hugh Donovan / Albert Campbell and Henry Burr* - Because You're Irish / Lookout Mountain(Shellac, 10") Columbia A2263 USA & Canada 1917 Sell This Version
18238 Egbert Van Alstyne - Whose Pretty Baby Are You Now? / There's Egypt In Your Dreamy Eyes album art Orpheus Quartet / Raymond Dixon Whose Pretty Baby Are You Now? Orpheus Quartet / Raymond Dixon - Whose Pretty Baby Are You Now? / There's Egypt In Your Dreamy Eyes(Shellac, 10") Victor 18238 US 1917 Sell This Version
A5974 Egbert Van Alstyne - Hawaiian Nights / Memories album art Prince's Orchestra Memories (You Made The World For Me) (as Van Alstyne) Prince's Orchestra - Hawaiian Nights / Memories(Shellac, 12", Single) Columbia A5974 USA & Canada 1917 Sell This Version
A2383 Egbert Van Alstyne - It's A Long Way To Berlin, But We'll Get There / So Long Mother album art Arthur Fields / Columbia Quartette So Long Mother (as Van Alstyne) Arthur Fields / Columbia Quartette - It's A Long Way To Berlin, But We'll Get There / So Long Mother(Shellac, 10") Columbia A2383 US 1917 Sell This Version
18149 Egbert Van Alstyne - Chin Chin / Laverne album art Six Brown Brothers (2) / H. Benne Henton With Conway's Band Pretty Baby Six Brown Brothers (2) / H. Benne Henton With Conway's Band - Chin Chin / Laverne(Shellac, 10") Victor 18149 US 1917 Sell This Version
18279 Egbert Van Alstyne - Because You're Irish / Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny Oh! album art American Quartet Because You're Irish American Quartet - Because You're Irish / Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny Oh!(Shellac, 10") Victor 18279 US 1917 Sell This Version