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 151-175 of 244 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||65603||10-in.||5/19/1939||Where do you work-a, John ?||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65604||10-in.||5/19/1939||Pippinella||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65605||10-in.||5/19/1939||Ain't cha comin' out?||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65606||10-in.||5/19/1939||Who did you meet last night ?||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65625||10-in.||5/23/1939||Graveyard blues||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65626||10-in.||5/23/1939||Hey Lawdy Mama||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65627||10-in.||5/23/1939||Mama Doo-Shee||Teddy Grace||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65628||10-in.||5/23/1939||Finishing up a date||Billy Kyle||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65629||10-in.||5/23/1939||Between sets||Billy Kyle||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65750||10-in.||6/8/1939||In an 18th century drawing room||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65751||10-in.||6/8/1939||The shoemaker's holiday||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65752||10-in.||6/8/1939||Everybody loves my baby||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, drums, vocalist|
|Decca||65756||10-in.||6/8/1939||Come easy, go easy||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65757||10-in.||6/8/1939||My blues is like whiskey||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65758||10-in.||6/8/1939||The jive is here||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65759||10-in.||6/8/1939||My downfall||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||65760||10-in.||6/8/1939||Hog-wild blues||Rosetta Howard||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66167||10-in.||8/22/1939||The man with the mandolin||Leo Watson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66168||10-in.||8/22/1939||Utt da zay (The tailor song)||Leo Watson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66169||10-in.||8/22/1939||Ja-da||Leo Watson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66170||10-in.||8/22/1939||It's the tune that counts||Leo Watson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66245||10-in.||8/30/1939||You ain't had no blues||Blue Lu Barker||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66246||10-in.||8/30/1939||Marked woman||Blue Lu Barker||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66247||10-in.||8/30/1939||Midnight blues||Blue Lu Barker||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||66248||10-in.||8/30/1939||Down in the dumps||Blue Lu Barker||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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