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|
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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