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 201-225 of 244 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||69650||10-in.||8/19/1941||Till we meet again||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||69651||10-in.||8/19/1941||I don't want to set the world on fire||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||69652||10-in.||8/19/1941||You gotta quit cheatin' on me||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||69653||10-in.||8/19/1941||Uncle Eph's got the coon||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||69988||10-in.||12/3/1941||When your lover has gone||Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||69989||10-in.||12/3/1941||My ideal||Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||69990||10-in.||12/3/1941||The night we called it a day||Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||69991||10-in.||12/3/1941||Concerto for two||Maxine Sullivan||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70138||10-in.||1/9/1942||Remember Pearl Harbor-1||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70139||10-in.||1/9/1942||One for all, all for one-1||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70140||10-in.||1/9/1942||You're a sap, Mister Jap-1||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70141||10-in.||1/9/1942||I paid my income tax today-1||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70142||10-in.||1/9/1942||On the street of regret||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70147||10-in.||1/12/1942||I'm not much on locks||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70148||10-in.||1/12/1942||Rickety rocking chair||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70149||10-in.||1/12/1942||Seeing you again did me no good||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70150||10-in.||1/12/1942||Sleepy old town||Bon Bon and his Buddies||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70187||10-in.||1/20/1942||Me and my chauffeur||Mabel Robinson ; Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70188||10-in.||1/20/1942||I've got too many blues||Mabel Robinson ; Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70189||10-in.||1/20/1942||It's all right, Jack||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70190||10-in.||1/20/1942||Blow, Katy, blow||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70204||10-in.||1/22/1942||Dear Mom||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70238||10-in.||1/28/1942||Wings over the Navy||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70239||10-in.||1/28/1942||Eyes of the fleet||Dick Robertson Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||70244||10-in.||1/28/1942||Kentucky babe||Maxine Sullivan||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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