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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 176-200 of 260 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
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  
(Results 176-200 of 260 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spencer, O'Neil," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

Spencer, O'Neil. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107086.

"Spencer, O'Neil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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