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Birth name  Spencer Williams
Name  Spencer Williams
Origin  New Orleans, U.S.
Role  Actor

Genres  Jazz, popular music
Spouse  Eula Williams (m. ?–1969)
Instruments  Piano
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Born  October 14, 1889 (1889-10-14)
Occupation(s)  Composer, pianist, singer
Associated acts  Fats Waller, Josephine Baker
Died  December 13, 1969, Los Angeles, California, United States
Movies and TV shows  Amos 'n' Andy, The Blood of Jesus, Son of Ingagi, Go Down - Death!, Dirty Gertie from Harlem U
Similar People  Tim Moore, Alvin Childress, Charles Correll, Freeman Gosden, Al Christie

Education  University of Minnesota

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Spencer Williams (October 14, 1889 – July 14, 1969) was an African-American jazz and popular music composer, pianist, and singer. He is best known for his hit songs "Basin Street Blues", "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Royal Garden Blues", "I've Found a New Baby", "Everybody Loves My Baby", "Tishomingo Blues", and many others.

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Biography

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Spencer Williams was born in New Orleans. He was educated at St. Charles University in New Orleans.

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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 "Basin Street Blues", which became one of his most popular songs and is still recorded by musicians to this day.

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Williams toured Europe with bands from 1925 to 1928; during this time he wrote for Josephine Baker at the Folies Bergère 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. Williams was married to Pat Castleton (a stage name of Agnes Bage). They had two daughters together called Della and Lindy. Williams returned to New York shortly before his death in Flushing, New York on July 14, 1965.

His hit songs include "Basin Street Blues", "She'll Be Comin Around That Mountain", "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Royal Garden Blues", "Mahogany Hall Stomp", "I've Found a New Baby", "Everybody Loves My Baby", "Shimmy-Sha-Wobble", "Boodle Am Shake", "Tishomingo Blues", "Fireworks", "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll", "Arkansas Blues", "Paradise Blues", "When Lights Are Low","Dallas Blues", and "My Man o’ War".

Williams was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

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