Benny Krueger

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 17, 1899 (Newark), Died April 29, 1967 (Orange)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, alto saxophone, saxophone, composer, songwriter, tenor saxophone, clarinet

Notes: Sometimes listed as Bennie Kreuger.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 13206-13208 10-in. 6/4/1924 Wait’ll you see my gal Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 13209-13212 10-in. 6/4/1924 Easy goin’ man Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 13220-13222 10-in. 6/6/1924 Hard hearted Hannah Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13223-13226 10-in. 6/6/1924 The grass is always greener Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13347-13350 10-in. 6/20/1924 I can’t get the one I want (Those I get I don’t want) Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13366-13369 10-in. 6/24/1924 There’ll be some changes made Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13406-13410 10-in. 6/26/1924 I want to be happy Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13450-13453 10-in. 6/30/1924 Ray and his little Chevrolet Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13461-13463 10-in. 7/1/1924 June night Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13464-13466 10-in. 7/1/1924 Maytime Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13469-13471 10-in. 7/2/1924 No no Nanette medley Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Phil Ohman Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 13518-13520 10-in. 7/11/1924 Where the dreamy Wabash flows Keller Sisters and Lynch Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13521-13523 10-in. 7/11/1924 Morning (Won’t you ever come ’round?) Keller Sisters and Lynch Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13596-13598 10-in. 7/23/1924 Adoration Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13599-13601 10-in. 7/23/1924 Georgia lullaby Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13602-13604 10-in. 7/24/1924 Charley, my boy Victor Arden ; Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Billy Jones ; Phil Ohman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and 2 pianos leader  
Brunswick 13605-13607 10-in. 7/24/1924 Pleasure mad Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 13617-13618 10-in. 7/25/1924 Who wants a bad little boy? Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13640-13643 10-in. 7/30/1924 Doodle-doo-doo Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13644-13646 10-in. 7/30/1924 Too tired Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13647-13648 10-in. 7/31/1924 Not now, not yet, but soon Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 13649-13652 10-in. 7/31/1924 Follow the swallow Victor Arden ; Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Phil Ohman Jazz/dance band, with piano duet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13653-13655 10-in. 7/31/1924 Go, Emmaline Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13656-13659 10-in. 8/1/1924 I wonder what’s become of Sally Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 13683-13685 10-in. 8/6/1924 Susquehanna home Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 226-250 of 396 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krueger, Benny," accessed November 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

Krueger, Benny. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

"Krueger, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 November 2022.

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