Len Spencer was born Leonard Garfield Spencer on February 12, 1867 in Washington DC. His mother was a renowned suffragist and political activist while his father was a famous educator who developed the Spencerian method of penmanship. Spencer became Americas first nationally-known recording star in the 1890s.
Beginning in 1891, Spencer released a string of solo recordings including the #1 hits Little Liza Loves You (1891), Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom Der E (1892), The Old Folks at Home (1892), Near It (1892), Mamie, Come and Kiss Your Honey Boy (1893), Little Alabama Coon (1895), Dat New Bully (1895), A Hot Time on the Levee (duet with Vess Osman, 1896), A Hot Time in the Old Town (1897), Oh, Mr. Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1897), My Gal Is a Highborn Lady (1897), I Dont Like No Cheap Man (1898), Hello! Ma Baby (1899), Ma Tiger Lily (1900) and Arkansaw Traveler (1902).
In 1905 the team of Spencer and Ada Jones released their first hit song, Me and Mrs. Murphy which would hit #8 on the charts of that year. With the recording one of the eras most popular recording teams was born. Together they had top ten hits with Evry Little Bit Helps, Reuben and Cynthia, Pals, Jimmie and Maggie at the Hippodrome, Courtship of Barney and Eileen, The Golden Wedding, Fritz and Louisa, The Original Cohens, Bashful Henry and His Lovin Lucy, Peaches and Cream, Let Me See You Smile, Jimmie and Maggie at the Ball Game, Down on the Farm, Meet Me Down at the Corner, Herman and Minnie, Youve Got to Love Me A lot, Jimmie and Maggie at the Merry Widow and Return of the Arkenasas Traveler.
Len Spencer died on December 15, 1914 in New York City.