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 26-50 of 244 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||63190||10-in.||1/21/1938||Melancholy||Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys||instrumentalist, drums, washboard|
|Decca||63191||10-in.||1/21/1938||29th and Dearborn||Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys||instrumentalist, drums, washboard|
|Decca||63192||10-in.||1/21/1938||Blues galore||Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys||instrumentalist, drums, washboard, vocalist|
|Decca||63193||10-in.||1/21/1938||Stack O'Lee blues||Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys||instrumentalist, drums, washboard, vocalist|
|Decca||63194||10-in.||1/21/1938||Shake your can||Johnny Dodds and his Chicago Boys||instrumentalist, drums, washboard, vocalist|
|Decca||63251||10-in.||2/7/1938||There ain't gonna be no doggone afterwhile||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63252||10-in.||2/7/1938||If you're a viper||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63253||10-in.||2/7/1938||Baby, it must be love||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63254||10-in.||2/7/1938||Raggedy but right||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63263||10-in.||2/10/1938||Viper mad||Noble Sissle's Swingsters||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63264||10-in.||2/10/1938||Blackstick||Noble Sissle's Swingsters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63265||10-in.||2/10/1938||When the sun sets down South-1||Noble Sissle's Swingsters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63266||10-in.||2/10/1938||Sweet patootie||Noble Sissle's Swingsters||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63279||10-in.||2/11/1938||Lost in the shuffle||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63280||10-in.||2/11/1938||The campbells are swinging||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63281||10-in.||2/11/1938||Josephine||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63440||10-in.||3/17/1938||Sissy||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63445||10-in.||3/18/1938||Pop-corn man||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63562||10-in.||4/7/1938||The toy trumpet||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63563||10-in.||4/7/1938||Jazz me blues||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63564||10-in.||4/7/1938||Copenhagen||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||63575||10-in.||4/8/1938||In my Mizz||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63576||10-in.||4/8/1938||Toodle-oo||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63577||10-in.||4/8/1938||Just about the time||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63578||10-in.||4/8/1938||Talk to me||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spencer, O'Neil," accessed January 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.
Spencer, O'Neil. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.
"Spencer, O'Neil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 January 2021.
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