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|
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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