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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 101-125 of 244 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 64610 10-in. 9/9/1938 West Indian blues Jack Sneed and his Sneezers instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64611 10-in. 9/9/1938 West Indian blues Jack Sneed and his Sneezers instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64646 10-in. 9/13/1938 The Lambeth walk Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64647 10-in. 9/13/1938 Rockin' in rhythm Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64708 10-in. 10/28/1938 Rehearsin' for a nervous breakdown John Kirby and his Onyx Club Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64709 10-in. 10/28/1938 From A flat to C John Kirby and his Onyx Club Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64710 10-in. 10/28/1938 Pastel blue (Blue dilemma) John Kirby and his Onyx Club Boys instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64711 10-in. 10/28/1938 Undecided John Kirby and his Onyx Club Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64712 10-in. 10/28/1938 By the waters of Minnetonka John Kirby and his Onyx Club Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64775 10-in. 11/30/1938 The spider and the fly Milt Herth Quartet instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64776 10-in. 11/30/1938 Jump jump's here Milt Herth Quartet instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64777 10-in. 12/5/1938 Honey Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64778 10-in. 12/5/1938 September in the rain Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64779 10-in. 12/5/1938 Clouds Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64780 10-in. 12/5/1938 Julius Caesar Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64781 10-in. 12/5/1938 Dunkin' a doughnut-1 Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65089 10-in. 3/1/1939 Annabella Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65090 10-in. 3/1/1939 The whistler and his dog Milt Herth Trio instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65266 10-in. 3/24/1939 Moanin' dove Lee Brown instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65267 10-in. 3/24/1939 Do your duty Lether McGraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65268 10-in. 3/24/1939 Low down dirty groundhog Lether McGraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65269 10-in. 3/24/1939 New little girl, little girl-1 Lee Brown instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65270 10-in. 3/24/1939 I can lay it on down-1 Lee Brown instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65271 10-in. 3/24/1939 Down by the M & o Lee Brown instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65272 10-in. 3/24/1939 Jeff Davis highway Lee Brown instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 101-125 of 244 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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