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O'Neil Spencer

William "O'Neil" 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 25, 1909 (Cedarville), Died July 24, 1944 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, vocalist, washboard

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Recordings (Results 226-250 of 260 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 70139 10-in. 1/9/1942 One for all, all for one-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70140 10-in. 1/9/1942 You're a sap, Mister Jap-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70141 10-in. 1/9/1942 I paid my income tax today-1 Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70142 10-in. 1/9/1942 On the street of regret Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70147 10-in. 1/12/1942 I'm not much on locks Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70148 10-in. 1/12/1942 Rickety rocking chair Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70149 10-in. 1/12/1942 Seeing you again did me no good Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70150 10-in. 1/12/1942 Sleepy old town Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70187 10-in. 1/20/1942 Me and my chauffeur Mabel Robinson ; Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70188 10-in. 1/20/1942 I've got too many blues Mabel Robinson ; Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70189 10-in. 1/20/1942 It's all right, Jack Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70190 10-in. 1/20/1942 Blow, Katy, blow Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70204 10-in. 1/22/1942 Dear Mom Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70238 10-in. 1/28/1942 Wings over the Navy Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70239 10-in. 1/28/1942 Eyes of the fleet Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 70244 10-in. 1/28/1942 Kentucky babe Maxine Sullivan instrumentalist, drums  
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  
(Results 226-250 of 260 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spencer, O'Neil," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

Spencer, O'Neil. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

"Spencer, O'Neil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086

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