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 Egbert Van Alstyne - Navajo Two-Step album art Dance Orchestra* Navajo Two-Step Dance Orchestra* - Navajo Two-Step(Shellac, 12", S/Sided) Deluxe Record 31277 US 1904 Sell This Version
1721 Egbert Van Alstyne - Navajo album art J. W. Myers J. W. Myers - Navajo(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia 1721 US 1904 Sell This Version
4337 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", S/Sided) Victor 4337 US 1905 Sell This Version
8958 Egbert Van Alstyne - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree album art 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
4381 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 4381 US 1905 Sell This Version
4503 Egbert Van Alstyne - In Dear Old Georgia album art 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
4612 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 4612 US 1906 Sell This Version
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
4593 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 4593 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
3603 Egbert Van Alstyne - Won't You Come Over To My House album art 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
9488 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 9488 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
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 Victor 5395 US 1908 Sell This Version
5550 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 5550 US 1908 Sell This Version
A275 Egbert Van Alstyne - Reuben Haskin's Trip 'Round The World In His Airship "Luna" / Good-A-Bye John album art 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
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
4719 Egbert Van Alstyne - Cheyenne album art Billy Murray With Orchestra Cheyenne Billy Murray With Orchestra - Cheyenne(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4719 US 1908 Sell This Version
16174 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 16174 Canada 1908 Sell This Version
16554 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 16554 US 1908 Sell This Version
16102 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 Victor 16102 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
16174 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 16174 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