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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Egbert Van Alstyne - Navajo album art J. W. Myers J. W. Myers - Navajo(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia US 1904 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree album art 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) Victor US 1905 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree album art 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") Victor US 1905 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - My Hindoo Man album art Peter Lewin (3) My Hindoo Man (as Van Alstyne) Peter Lewin (3) - My Hindoo Man(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor US 1906 Sell This Version
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 US 1906 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - Why Don't You Try? album art Harry Tally Why Don't You Try? (as Van Alstyne) Harry Tally - Why Don't You Try?(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor US 1906 Sell This Version
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 US 1906 Sell This Version
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 US 1907 Sell This Version
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 US 1907 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - I've Got A Vacant Room For You album art 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 US 1907 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - It Looks Like A Big Night To-Night album art 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 US 1908 Sell This Version
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 US 1908 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree / Darling Nellie Gray album art Henry Burr / Haydn Quartet In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (as Van Alstyne) Henry Burr / Haydn Quartet - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree / Darling Nellie Gray(Shellac, 10") Victor Canada 1908 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - I'm Afraid To Come Home In The Dark / I Used To Be Afraid To Go Home In The Dark album art 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 US 1908 Sell This Version
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 US 1909 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - Cheyenne / Peaches And Cream album art Billy Murray / Miss Jones* And Mr. Spencer* Cheyenne (as Van Alstyne) Billy Murray / Miss Jones* And Mr. Spencer* - Cheyenne / Peaches And Cream(Shellac, 10") Victor US 1909 Sell This Version
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 US 1909 Sell This Version
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 US 1909 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree / Darling Nellie Gray album art Henry Burr / Haydn Quartet In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (as Van Alstyne) Henry Burr / Haydn Quartet - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree / Darling Nellie Gray(Shellac, 10") Victor US 1909 Sell This Version
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 US 1910 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - Go Back / Dublin Daisies album art 'Gene Greene* Go Back (as Van Alstyne) 'Gene Greene* - Go Back / Dublin Daisies(Shellac, 10") Victor 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
Egbert Van Alstyne - When I Was Twenty-One And You Were Sweet Sixteen / Ring, Ting-A-Ling album art Albert Campbell (2) And Henry Burr / Ada Jones When I Was Twenty-One And You Were Sweet Sixteen Albert Campbell (2) And Henry Burr / Ada Jones - When I Was Twenty-One And You Were Sweet Sixteen / Ring, Ting-A-Ling(Shellac, 10") Columbia US 1912 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - That Slippery Slide Trombone / Ragtime Cowboy Joe album art American Quartet / Bob Roberts (9) That Slippery Slide Trombone (as Van Alstyne) American Quartet / Bob Roberts (9) - That Slippery Slide Trombone / Ragtime Cowboy Joe(Shellac, 10") Victor US 1912 Sell This Version
Egbert Van Alstyne - When I Was Twenty-one And You Were Sweet Sixteen / If All My Dreams Were Made Of Gold, I'd Buy The World For You album art Harry Macdonough And American Quartet / Orpheus Quartet When I Was Twenty-one And You Were Sweet Sixteen Harry Macdonough And American Quartet / Orpheus Quartet - When I Was Twenty-one And You Were Sweet Sixteen / If All My Dreams Were Made Of Gold, I'd Buy The World For You(Shellac, 10") Victor Canada 1912 Sell This Version