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Spencer Williams

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Jazz pianist and composer Spencer Williams was created in New Orleans on Oct 14, 1889, their studies at the neighborhood St. Charles University or college before relocating to Chicago in 1907. Ten years later on he was in NEW YORK, teaming with Fat Waller to pencil a small number of tunes including 1918’s “Press Me”; the move contact of Williams’ following hits is many impressive, and contains jazz requirements like “Basin Street Blues,” “I Ain’t Got No one,” “Tishomingo Blues,” “MANY PEOPLE REALLY LIKE My Baby,” “Mahogany Hall Stomp,” “Royal Backyard Blues,” “I Ain’t Gonna Provide Nobody non-e of My Jelly Move,” “Fireworks,” and “Shim-Me-Sha-Wobble.” He journeyed to Paris in 1925 and published for Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre; time for the U.S. 3 years later on, Williams later on sang and performed on classes with Lonnie Johnson and Teddy Bunn. In 1936, he resolved in Britain, collaborating with Benny Carter on “When Lamps Are Low”; after spending the greater area of the 1950s in Sweden, Williams came back stateside in 1957, dying in NY on July 14, 1965.

Quick Facts


Full Name Spencer Williams
Died December 13, 1969, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Actor, Soldier, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Eula Williams
Music Songs Basin Street Blues, Royal Garden Blues, It Feels So Good, Part 2, Keep It to Yourself, It Feels so Good, Pt.3, The Bull Frog and the Toad, Mahogany Hall Stomp, Careless Love, Amos 'n' Andy Amos 'n' Andy Amos 'n' Andy Amos 'n' Andy Amos 'n' Andy, Youre My Ideal, The Monkey and the Baboon - Part 2
Movies The Blood of Jesus, Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A., Go Down, Death!, Son of Ingagi, Two-Gun Man from Harlem, Harlem Rides the Range, Juke Joint, Harlem on the Prairie, The Girl in Room 20, Of One Blood, Brother Martin: Servant of Jesus, Marching On!, The Bronze Buckaroo, Beale Street Mama, Bad Boy, Birmingham Black Bottom, Jazz Alley: Vol. 2
TV Shows Amos 'n' Andy


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#Fact
1 He became known to general audiences for his role as Andy in the television version of The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951). Before this, he had a long career as an actor, writer, director, and producer in motion pictures sometimes referred to as "race films," which were basically intended for and seen only by black audiences.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 2002 TV Series
Bourbon Street Beat 1959 TV Series Big John
The Amos 'n Andy Show 1951-1955 TV Series Andy
Rhapsody of Negro Life 1949 Short Spencer Jordan
Juke Joint 1947 Bad News Johnson Vanderbilt Whitney
Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. 1946 Old Hager
The Girl in Room 20 1946 Joe Phillips
Beale Street Mama 1946 Bad News Johnson
Go Down, Death! 1944 Big Jim Bottoms
Of One Blood 1944
Brother Martin 1942
Toppers Take a Bow 1941 Short
The Blood of Jesus 1941 Razz Jackson
Son of Ingagi 1940 Detective Nelson (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Bad Boy 1939 Terry (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Harlem Rides the Range 1939 Watson (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
The Bronze Buckaroo 1939 Pete (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Two-Gun Man from Harlem 1938 Butch Carter (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Harlem on the Prairie 1937 Doc Clayburn (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Coronado 1935 Black Man with Perambulator (uncredited)
The Virginia Judge 1935
Hot Biskits 1931 Short
Reno 1930 Porter (uncredited)
Georgia Rose 1930 Ezra
The Widow's Bite 1929 Short
Fowl Play 1929 Short
Brown Gravy 1929 Short
The Lady Fare 1929 Short Willie Dimes
Oft in the Silly Night 1929 Short Eli Rubb
The Framing of the Shrew 1929 Short Lawyer Evans Chew
Music Hath Harms 1929 Short Roscoe Griggers
The Melancholy Dame 1929 Short Webster Dill
Tenderfeet 1928

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rhapsody of Negro Life 1949 Short
Juke Joint 1947
Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. 1946
Jivin' in Be-Bop 1946 Documentary co-director
The Girl in Room 20 1946
Beale Street Mama 1946
Harlem Hotshots 1945 Short
Go Down, Death! 1944
Of One Blood 1944
Marching On! 1943 as Spencer Williams Jr.
Brother Martin 1942
The Blood of Jesus 1941
Hot Biskits 1931 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Go Down, Death! 1944 uncredited
Of One Blood 1944
Marching On! 1943 writer - as Spencer Williams Jr.
The Blood of Jesus 1941 written by
Son of Ingagi 1940 continuity - as Spencer Williams Jr. / original story "House of Horror" - as Spencer Williams Jr.
Harlem Rides the Range 1939 screenplay - as Spencer Williams Jr. / story - as Spencer Williams Jr.
Hot Biskits 1931 Short
The Lady Fare 1929 Short writer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brown Gravy 1929 Short dialogue consultant
The Framing of the Shrew 1929 Short screenplay by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Blood of Jesus 1941 producer - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stars in the Eye 1952 TV Special Himself / Andy
The Negro Sailor 1945 Documentary short Frank Roberts - columnist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Andy Brown - Amos 'n' Andy Show
National Cinematic Artist Presents: The Founders of Black Hollywood 2011 Video Various Roles
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary
That's Black Entertainment: Westerns 2002 TV Movie documentary Pete (The Bronze Buckaroo)
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist 1998 Documentary Andrew Hogg Brown
That's Black Entertainment 1990 Documentary Himself
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Himself
Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy 1983 TV Movie documentary Andy
Black Shadows on the Silver Screen 1975 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)

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