- Van and Schenck
Van and Schenck were popular
United Statesentertainers in the 1910s and 1920s: Gus Van (born August Von Glahn, August 12, 1886- March 12, 1968), baritoneand Joe Schenck (pronounced "shaŋk" -- born Joseph Thuma Schenck, c. 1891- June 28, 1930), tenor. They were vaudevillestars and made appearances in the Ziegfeld Folliesof 1918, 1919, 1920 and 1921. They made numerous phonograph records for the Emerson, Victor, and Columbia record companies.
With Schenck on piano, the duo sang and performed
comedyroutines. Van was especially adept at dialect humor, and could imitate any number of regional and continental accents. One of the team's typical novelty hits was "Pastafazoola," in praise of Italian food and sung in the appropriate style. Van's hearty baritone and Schenck's high tenor harmonized well, and the team became known as "the pennant-winning battery of songland." They performed on radioshows and appeared in early talking motion pictures, including several musical shorts and one feature, "They Learned About Women".
After Schenck's death, Van continued to perform as a solo artist on stage, screen, and radio. He appeared in many New York-produced
* [http://vintage-recordings.com/realaudio/vocalshow6a07.ram Van & Schenck on vintage-recordings.com] RealAudio of two of their early recordings
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