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|
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.
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