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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 251-260 of 260 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 251-260 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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