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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 201-225 of 260 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
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  
(Results 201-225 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.

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

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