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O'Neil Spencer

William "O'Neil" 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 25, 1909 (Cedarville), Died July 24, 1944 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, vocalist, washboard

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Recordings (Results 126-150 of 260 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64778 10-in. 12/5/1938 September in the rain Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64779 10-in. 12/5/1938 Clouds Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 64780 10-in. 12/5/1938 Julius Caesar Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, drums, vocalist  
Decca 64781 10-in. 12/5/1938 Dunkin' a doughnut-1 Andy Kirk ; 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  
Decca 65273 10-in. 3/24/1939 Let me be your Bo Weevil Lee Brown instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65310 10-in. 3/30/1939 Possum den blues Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65311 10-in. 3/30/1939 Little low mellow Mama-1 Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65312 10-in. 3/30/1939 A working man's blues-1 Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65313 10-in. 3/30/1939 One to twelve-1 Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65314 10-in. 3/30/1939 Let's talk things over-1 Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65315 10-in. 3/30/1939 Sinking sun blues-1 Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65316 10-in. 3/30/1939 Easy way blues-1 Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 65317 10-in. 3/30/1939 Machine gun blues-1 Peetie Wheatstraw instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 126-150 of 260 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spencer, O'Neil," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

Spencer, O'Neil. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

"Spencer, O'Neil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

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

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