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 51-75 of 244 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Decca||63862||10-in.||5/25/1938||Swing low, sweet chariot||Three Ebony||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63863||10-in.||5/25/1938||Go down Moses||Three Ebony||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63864||10-in.||5/25/1938||Heartbroken blues||Three Ebony||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63865||10-in.||5/25/1938||Mississippi moan||Three Ebony||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63866||10-in.||5/26/1938||Freight train blues||Trixie Smith||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63867||10-in.||5/26/1938||Trixie blues||Trixie Smith||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63868||10-in.||5/26/1938||My Daddy rocks me||Trixie Smith||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63869||10-in.||5/26/1938||My Daddy rocks me No.2||Trixie Smith||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63870||10-in.||5/26/1938||He may be your man||Trixie Smith||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63871||10-in.||5/26/1938||Jack I'm mellow||Trixie Smith||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63872||10-in.||5/26/1938||Lady be good||Trixie Smith||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63873||10-in.||5/26/1938||Uncle Joe||Grant and Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63874||5/26/1938||I am a woman||Grant and Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63875||10-in.||5/26/1938||Toot it, brother Armstrong-1||Grant and Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63876||5/26/1938||Blue Monday on Sugar Hill||Grant and Wilson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||63877||10-in.||5/26/1938||My unusual man||Trixie Smith||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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