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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 176-200 of 244 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 66764 10-in. 10/13/1939 Cheatin' on me Helen Proctor instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 66765 10-in. 10/13/1939 Let's call it a day Helen Proctor instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 66766 10-in. 10/13/1939 Take me along with you Helen Proctor instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 66767 10-in. 10/13/1939 Blues at midnight Helen Proctor instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67672 10-in. 5/3/1940 Nothin' to do Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67673 10-in. 5/3/1940 The down home blues Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67674 10-in. 5/3/1940 Your feet's too big Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67675 10-in. 5/3/1940 What's cooking? Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67821 10-in. 5/27/1940 The down home blues Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67822 10-in. 5/27/1940 Your feet's too big Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67823 10-in. 5/27/1940 Nothin' to do Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 67824 10-in. 5/27/1940 What's cooking? Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69016 10-in. 4/17/1941 If it's true Mills Brothers instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69017 10-in. 4/17/1941 The very thought of you Mills Brothers instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69018 10-in. 4/17/1941 Rig a jig jig Mills Brothers instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69166 10-in. 5/9/1941 Be honest with me Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69167 10-in. 5/9/1941 Just a little bit South of North Carolina Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69168 10-in. 5/9/1941 G'bye now Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69169 10-in. 5/9/1941 Goodbye, dear, I'll be back in a year Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69364 10-in. 6/17/1941 Loch Lomond Maxine Sullivan instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69369 10-in. 6/17/1941 Just like a gypsy Maxine Sullivan instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69370 10-in. 6/17/1941 My blue heaven Maxine Sullivan instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69371 10-in. 6/17/1941 St. Louis blues Maxine Sullivan instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69589 10-in. 7/31/1941 Got a letter from my kid today Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69649 10-in. 8/19/1941 Wedding bells Dick Robertson Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 176-200 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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