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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 51-75 of 260 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
Decca 63680 10-in. 4/28/1938 Three blind mice Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 63681 10-in. 4/28/1938 Looney little tooney Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 63682 10-in. 4/28/1938 The flat-foot floogie-1 Milt Herth Quartet ; Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 63779 10-in. 5/15/1938 John Henry Spencer Trio instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 63780 10-in. 5/15/1938 Lorna Doone shortbread Spencer Trio instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63781 10-in. 5/15/1938 Afternoon in Africa Spencer Trio instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 63782 10-in. 5/15/1938 Baby, won't you please come horne Spencer Trio instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 63801 10-in. 5/17/1938 Shoot the likker to me, John boy Milt Herth Quartet instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 63802 10-in. 5/17/1938 Egyptian Ella Gordon String Quartet vocalist  
(Results 51-75 of 260 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spencer, O'Neil," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

Spencer, O'Neil. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

"Spencer, O'Neil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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