Stars of Vaudeville #45: Van and Schenck


Originally posted in  2009

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: Penant-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  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.


And check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from etc etc etc


One Response to “Stars of Vaudeville #45: Van and Schenck”

  1. I’ve been a fan of this duo since I was in my ‘teens (I’m 37 now), and have most of their 78’s. I loved the Archeophone CD, especially since the Emersons are hard to find. I can only hope that there will be additional volumes. Maybe? If

    Also, do any of those rejected takes from their late 1929 sessions, or Schenck’s March 1930 session exist? I know that some unreleased Victors do show up in test pressings, and it’s a darn shame that so few from those later sessions were released, especially since Schenck died in June 1930.

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