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O'Neil Spencer

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 76-100 of 244 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 64226 10-in. 6/27/1938 I can tell by looking in your eyes Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64232 10-in. 6/27/1938 Dapper Dan Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64233 10-in. 6/27/1938 You better come back Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64234 10-in. 6/27/1938 Southern Casey Jones Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64254 10-in. 7/5/1938 Gobblins in the steeple Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64255 10-in. 7/5/1938 Minuet in jazz Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64341 10-in. 7/22/1938 La-de-doody-do Milt Herth Quartet instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64342 10-in. 7/22/1938 Home-cookin' Mama with the fryin' pan Milt Herth Quartet instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64343 10-in. 7/26/1938 I used to love you Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64344 10-in. 7/26/1938 Keepin' out of mischief now Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64345 10-in. 7/26/1938 Sweet Emalina, my gal Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64346 10-in. 7/26/1938 Beale Street Mama Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64347 10-in. 7/26/1938 You're in Kentucky sure as you're born Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64348 10-in. 7/26/1938 Any rags Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64349 10-in. 7/26/1938 On revival day Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64493 10-in. 9/1/1938 Love me or leave me Teddy Grace instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64494 10-in. 9/1/1938 Downhearted blues Teddy Grace instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64495 10-in. 9/1/1938 Crazy blues Teddy Grace instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64496 10-in. 9/1/1938 Monday morning Teddy Grace instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64604 10-in. 9/9/1938 Safety locked up in my heart Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64605 10-in. 9/9/1938 Everything's wrong, ain't nothing right Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64606 10-in. 9/9/1938 Harlem on Saturday night Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64607 10-in. 9/9/1938 Knock-kneed Sal (on the mourner's bench) Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64608 10-in. 9/9/1938 The numbers man Jack Sneed and his Sneezers instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64609 10-in. 9/9/1938 Sly mongoose Jack Sneed and his Sneezers instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 76-100 of 244 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spencer, O'Neil," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

Spencer, O'Neil. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

"Spencer, O'Neil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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