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 126-150 of 244 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Decca||65326||10-in.||3/31/1939||You don't know how much you can suffer||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65327||10-in.||3/31/1939||Rock, rock, rock-a-bye baby||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65490||10-in.||4/28/1939||Honey in the bee ball||The Ramblers||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||65491||10-in.||4/28/1939||T'ain't what you do||The Ramblers||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||65492||10-in.||4/28/1939||Money is honey||The Ramblers||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||65493||10-in.||4/28/1939||Lonesome railroad||The Ramblers||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||65531||10-in.||5/3/1939||Beer barrel polka (Roll out the barrel)||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65532||10-in.||5/3/1939||Well, all right||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65557||10-in.||5/9/1939||Betty and Dupree||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65558||10-in.||5/9/1939||Arkansas blues||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65559||10-in.||5/9/1939||Down home blues||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65585||10-in.||5/16/1939||Gulf Coast blues||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65586||10-in.||5/16/1939||Oh Daddy blues||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65587||10-in.||5/16/1939||You don't know my mind||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65588||10-in.||5/16/1939||Low down blues||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65602||10-in.||5/19/1939||Maybe||Dick Robertson||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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