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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 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  
(Results 201-225 of 244 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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