Benny Krueger (June 17, 1899 – April 29, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist.
Krueger had the distinction of being one of the first jazz saxophonists on record. In 1920, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, following a successful tour of England, cut a number of sides for the Victor Talking Machine Company. One of Victor's managers insisted, against the ODJB members' wishes, that a saxophonist be included on their early recordings. Krueger was chosen by Victor as the saxophonist, and he recorded with the ODJB in 1920 to 1921, according to Rust's Jazz Records 1897-1942. Following the ODJB recording date, Krueger recorded numerous sides for Brunswick and Vocalion under his own name, as well as under several pseudonyms. In the 1930s he worked in radio and served as musical director and orchestra conductor for Rudy Vallee and Bob Crosby. He was also a songwriter; among his better-known songs are "Sunday" (covered by Pat Boone, Lester Young and Louis Jordan) and "I Don't Know Why".
Birth and Death Data: Born June 17th, 1899 (Newark), Died Orange (Orange)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, alto saxophone, saxophone, composer, songwriter
Notes: Sometimes listed as Bennie Kreuger.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 386 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-24580||10-in.||11/24/1920||In the dusk||Original Dixieland Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||B-24581||10-in.||11/24/1920||Margie||Original Dixieland Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||B-24590||10-in.||12/4/1920||Palesteena||Original Dixieland Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||B-24809||10-in.||12/30/1920||Broadway Rose||Original Dixieland Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||B-24810||10-in.||12/30/1920||Sweet mamma (Papa's getting mad)||Original Dixieland Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||B-24825||10-in.||1/28/1921||Home again blues||Original Dixieland Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||B-24826||10-in.||1/28/1921||Crazy blues||Original Dixieland Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||BVE-36238||10-in.||9/14/1926||Sunday||Ben Pollack's Californians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36829||10-in.||10/15/1926||Sunday||Jean Goldkette Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-37245||10-in.||12/15/1926||Sunday||Williams Sisters||Female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37501||10-in.||12/31/1926||Sunday||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-40972||10-in.||11/29/1927||Oh! Look at that baby||Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41314||10-in.||12/4/1927||Oh look at that baby||Charles J. Correll ; Freeman F. Gosden||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49999||10-in.||2/28/1929||That's the good old sunny South||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Victor||BVE-50900||10-in.||2/28/1929||Down among the sugar-cane||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Victor||BS-046055||10-in.||1/2/1940||Sunday||Larry Clinton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||[Trial 1920-01-22-04]||Not documented||1/22/1920||St. Louis blues||Benny Krueger||Alto saxophone solo, with piano||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Victor||[Trial 1926-11-04-01]||10-in.||11/4/1926||Sunday||Segar Ellis||Male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||[Trial 1927-11-05-01]||10-in.||11/5/1927||Oh! Look at that baby||Gertrude Newman||Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Columbia||W141426||10-in.||12/22/1925||Hot coffee||Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W141427||10-in.||12/22/1925||Hot coffee||"Ukulele" Bob McDonald||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||composer|
|Columbia||W141459||10-in.||1/6/1926||Hot coffee||Honey Duke and his Uke||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||composer|
|Columbia||W142860||10-in.||10/22/1926||Sunday||Broadway Bellhops ; Jack Wilson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142872||10-in.||10/25/1926||Sunday||Charles Kaley ; Radiolites||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142910||10-in.||11/4/1926||Sunday||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krueger, Benny," accessed July 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.
Krueger, Benny. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.
"Krueger, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 July 2020.
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