Len Spencer

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Len Spencer
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Background information
Birth name Leonard Garfield Spencer
Born (1867-02-12)February 12, 1867
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died December 15, 1914(1914-12-15)
New York City
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter

Leonard Garfield Spencer (February 12, 1867 – December 15, 1914) was an early American recording artist.[1] He recorded numerous popular songs in the pre-1920s, including the skit that he was most closely identified with [2] "The Arkansaw Traveler", an early novelty record and consists of a back-and-forth banter between an inquisitive traveler and a sarcastic Arkansas local who is playing the popular song "The Arkansas Traveler", on a fiddle.


Some of his most popular recordings include:

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  1. ^ Songwriters Hall Of Fame
  2. ^ Tim Gracyk, with Frank Hoffmann, Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895-1925 (Routledge, 2012) p316
  3. ^ Frank Hoffmann, B Lee Cooper, Tim Gracyk -Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895-1925 - Page 188 1136592296 2012 -"She is called "Miss Ada Jones," though in Manhattan on August 9, 1904, she had married Hughie Flaherty...On various records the two imitated Bowery toughs (on the popular "Peaches and Cream," Spencer was a "newsy" named Jimmie..."

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