William "O'Neill" Spencer (November 25, 1909 – July 24, 1944) was a jazz drummer and singer. He is most known for his work in the John Kirby Sextet.
He began with work for Al Sears and from 1931 to 1936 he worked with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. He joined Kirby's group in 1937, but had to leave for a time in 1941 due to tuberculosis. He rejoined in 1942 staying until 1943, but died soon after from the disease.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 25th, 1909 (Cedarville), Died July 24th, 1944 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1942
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, vocalist, washboard
Recordings (Results 226-244 of 244 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||70245||10-in.||1/28/1942||Ma curly-headed baby||Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70246||10-in.||1/28/1942||When your lover has gone||Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70247||10-in.||1/28/1942||My ideal||Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70310||10-in.||2/12/1942||Sometimes||Mildred Bailey||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70311||10-in.||2/12/1942||Wherever you are||Mildred Bailey||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70312||10-in.||2/12/1942||I think of you||Mildred Bailey||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70313||10-in.||2/12/1942||More than you know||Mildred Bailey||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70420||10-in.||3/2/1942||Wings over the Navy-1||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70421||10-in.||3/2/1942||Eyes of the fleet-1||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70422||10-in.||3/2/1942||I'm in love with the girl I left behind me||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70423||10-in.||3/2/1942||She don't wanna||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70424||10-in.||3/2/1942||One dozen roses||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70425||10-in.||3/2/1942||Keep 'em flying||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70541||10-in.||3/19/1942||Beside the river Clyde||John Kirby Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70542||10-in.||3/19/1942||How do I know it's real?||John Kirby Orchestra ; Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||91842||10-in.||10/13/1939||Scatter brain||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||91843||10-in.||10/13/1939||The monkeys have no tails in Pago-Pago||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||91844||10-in.||10/13/1939||Peach Tree street||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||91845||10-in.||10/13/1939||Hezekiah (The handwriting on the wall)||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spencer, O'Neil," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.
Spencer, O'Neil. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.
"Spencer, O'Neil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.
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