Spencer Williams (October 14, 1889 - July 14, 1965) was a USA jazz and popular music composer, pianist, and singer.
Spencer Williams was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He usually gave the dates as October 14, 1889, although he may have been older. Williams was reserved or contradictory in talking about his early life, perhaps because he grew up with underworld ties in the Storyville District.
Williams was performing in Chicago by 1907, and moved to New York City about 1916. After arriving in New York, he co-wrote several songs with Anton Lada of the Louisiana Five. Among those songs was Arkansas Blues which would become one of his most popular songs and is still recorded by musicians to this day.
Williams toured Europe with bands from 1925 to 1928; during this time he wrote for Josephine Baker at the Folies Bergères in Paris. Williams then returned to New York for a few years. In 1932 he moved to Europe for good, spending many years in London before moving to Stockholm in 1951 where he spent most of the rest of his life.
Spencer Williams returned to New York shortly before his death in Flushing, New York on July 14, 1965.
His hit songs included 'I Ain't Got Nobody', 'Royal Garden Blues', 'Basin Street Blues', 'Mahogany Hall Stomp', 'I Found A New Baby', 'Everybody Loves My Baby', 'Squeeze Me', 'Shimmy-Sha-Wobble', 'Boodle Am Shake', and 'Tishomingo Blues'.
Spencer Williams was inducted into The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in 1970.
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