Gus Van  (1887-1968)
Last updated: 30.04.22
All that can presently (November 2015) be gleaned about by internet searching is that Gus Van is the one-off composer of Crash!!! (1914) subtitled Some Rag and published by Will Rossiter, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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According to the Internet source (found in March 2018) given below, Gus Van was a Vaudvillian comedian and actor. With his partner, Joe Schenck, they made up the comedy duo, Van & Schenck. They were together for 18 years and appeared on Broadway and in the Ziegfeld Follies. Schenck died in 1930 and Van went onto appear in films. His roles include, Atlantic City (1944), Rainbow's End (1938), Gus Van's Garden Party (1936), Gus Van And His Neighbors (1934), They Learned About Women (1930) and Metro Movietone Revue (1929).
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pdf15.gif Don't Try to Steal the Sweetheart of a Soldier G. Van (music)
A. Bryan (words)
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pdf15.gif You Cannot Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) G. Van (music)
Schenk (coauth.)
Gill Wells (words)
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 14 works by Gus Van (1887-1968). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: pdf15.gif (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Teach Me That Beautiful Love 1912 Joe Schenck (words)
My Old Log Cabin Home 1913 Joe Schenck (words)
Crash!!! 1914 Schenck (co-author)  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Don't Try to Steal the Sweetheart of a Soldier 1917 A. Bryan (words)
Anna Chandler (perf.)
Let Him Miss You Just a Little Bit 1917 Schenck (co-author)
Chas. K. Charles Kassell Harris (words)
My Little China Doll (w&m) 1917 Joe Schenk (co-author)
Jack Yellen (co-author)
Oh How She Can Sing 1919 Joe Schenk (co-author)
Jack Yellen (co-author)
Open Up the Golden Gates to Dixieland 1919 Jack Yellen (words)
Joe Schenck (words)
You Cannot Shake That Shimmie Here 1919 Schenk (co-author)
Gill Wells (words)
All She'd Say Was Umh-Hum 1920 Joe Schenck (words)
Mac Emery (words)
King Zany (words)
All the Boy's Love Mary 1920 Schenck (co-author)
Andrew B. Sterling (words)
Frances White (perf.)
Green River 1920 Joe Schenck (words)
Eddie Cantor (words)
Who Did You Fool After All? (w&m) 1922 Joe Schenck (co-author)
Johnny S. Black (co-author)
Van & Schenck (perf.)
That Red Head Gal 1923 Joe Schenck (co-author)
Henry Lodge (co-author)
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