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Egbert Van Alstyne
American songwriter and pianist

Egbert Van Alstyne

Egbert Van Alstyne
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Intro American songwriter and pianist
Known for Memories
A.K.A. 00000690035 IPI, 00071737275 IPI, Egbert Anson Van Alstyne
Was Musician Composer Pianist Songwriter Music arranger Organist
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 4 March 1878, Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois, USA
Death 9 July 1951, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA (aged 73 years)
Star sign Pisces
Notable Works
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Egbert Anson Van Alstyne (March 4, 1878 – July 9, 1951) was an American songwriter and pianist. Van Alstyne was the composer of a number of popular and ragtime tunes of the early 20th century. He was Jewish.


Cover of 1903 composition "Navajo"

Van Alstyne 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 H. Williams. 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 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.

Van Alstyne lived for many years in Chicago. He died there on July 9, 1951, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.

Works, 1900–1920

  • "Rag-time Chimes: Characteristic Two Step" (1900)
  • "Echoes from Egypt" (1901)
  • "Navajo" (1903)
  • "Back, Back, Back to Baltimore" (1904)
  • "Seminole" (1904)
  • "There's a Chicken Dinner Waitin' Home for Me" (1904)
  • "The Cob Web Man" (1905)
  • "Down in Lovers Lane" (1905)
  • "Good-A-Bye John" (1905)
  • "I Want Someone To Love Me" (1905)
  • "In Sunny Little Italy" (1905)
  • "The Janitor" (1905)
  • "A Man May Go to College and Still Be a Fool" (1905)
  • "My Nightingale" (1905)
  • "Nicodemus" (1905)
  • "Senora Papeta" (1905)
  • "There's a Little Fighting Blood In Me" (1905)
  • "Why Don't You Try" (1905)
  • "I'm Wise" (1906)
  • "I'm Going Right Back to Chicago" (1906)
  • "Shoulder Straps" (1906)
  • "My Irish Girl" (1906)
  • "Owatonna (Indian Song)" (1906)
  • "Camp Meeting Time" (1906)
  • "Sally" (1906)
  • "Won't You Come Over to My House" (1906)
  • "Down in the Everglade" (1906)
  • "My Irish Girl" (1906)
  • "Those Are Things That Happen Every Day" (1906)
  • "The Union of the Blue and the Grey" (1906)
  • "Larry" (1906)
  • "I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark" (1907)
  • "Neeth the Old Cherry Tree Sweet Marie" (1907)
  • "In the Land of the Buffalo" (1907)
  • "Ain't You Glad You've Found Me" (1907)
  • "That's the Sign of a Honeymoon" (1908)
  • "Ivanhoe - Not Scott's Ivanhoe, but a Scotch Ivanhoe" (1908)
  • "I Was a Hero Too" (1908)
  • "Song of the Waiters" from "A Broken Idol" (1909)
  • "A Little China Doll" from "A Broken Idol" (1909)
  • "That's the Sign of a Honeymoon" from "A Broken Idol" (1909)
  • "Alabama" from "A Broken Idol" (1909)
  • "Love Makes the World Go Round" from "A Broken Idol" (1909)
  • "Marie" from "A Broken Idol" (1909)
  • "Golden Arrow" (1909)
  • "Heinze" (1909)
  • "Go Back: Song" (1909)
  • "Bonnie Annie Laurie" (1909)
  • "Heinze is Pickled Again" (1909)
  • "Cavalier Rustican' Rag" (1910)
  • "Baby Talk" from "Girlies" (1910)
  • "That's Good" from "Girlies" (1910)
  • "The Raggity Man" from "Over the River" (1911)
  • "Injun Love" from "Over the River" (1911)
  • "Oh That Navajo Rag" (1911)
  • "Little Girls Beware (of the Sirens)" from "The Siren" (1911)
  • "I'm Goin' Back to Oklahoma" (1912)
  • "Blarney" (1914)
  • "On The Road to Mexico" (1914)
  • "I Want a Little Love From You." (1915)
  • "When I Was a Dreamer (And You Were My Dream)" (1915)
  • "My Tom Tom Man" (1915)
  • "On the Road to Home Sweet Home" (1916)
  • "Where the Shamrock Grows" (1916)
  • "My Dreamy China Lady" (1916)
  • "Alabama Moon" (1917)
  • "Rock-A-Bye Land" (1917)
  • "I've Been Fiddle-ing Song" (1917)
  • "Because You're Irish Song" (1917)
  • "So Long, Mother" (1917)
  • "Swingin' Along with Lindy" from "Just Around the Corner" (1918)
  • "What Are You Going to Do to Help the Boys?" (1918)
  • "For Your Boy and My Boy" (1918)
  • "Some Quiet Afternoon" from "Good Morning, Judge" (1919)
  • "Sweetie O' Mine" (1920)

Awards and honors

He was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 29 Nov 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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