Today is the birthday of Gus Van.
Van and Schenck were BIG, man — they were right on top in the nineteen teens and twenties (their best pal was Eddie Cantor). Schenck died in 1930, and that was that. But their zany, catchy music had such a hold on the public, their fan club was operating as late as the 1960s. I labored long and hard* (and happily) on the liner notes for Van and Schenck: Pennant-Winning Battery of Songland, my second project for Archeophone Records (the first was Nat M. Wills).
To order your copy today (and read some excerpts from my liner notes), please go here.
And if ya just can’t wait, here they are feeding you “Pastafazoola” before they go on to feed “Hungry Women”:
* Special thanks to pal Gyda Arber, who helped with research!
To find out more about these variety artists and the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.