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.

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 251-275 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 13686-13688 10-in. 8/6/1924 Follow the swallow Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13689-13691 10-in. 8/6/1924 I wonder what’s become of Sally Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13695-13697 10-in. 8/7/1924 Blue eyed Sally Dixie Stars Male vocal duet, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13698-13700 10-in. 8/7/1924 Wanted “Someone to Love” Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13701-13703 10-in. 8/8/1924 Go ‘long mule Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 13704-13706 10-in. 8/8/1924 The animal fair Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14087-14089 10-in. 10/28/1924 Hot, hot, Hottentot Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 14165½-14167 10-in. 11/10/1924 He’s the hottest man in town Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 14168-14171 10-in. 11/10/1924 Hot, hot hottentot Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 14189-14191 10-in. 11/12/1924 Oh, you can’t fool an old hoss fly Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14192-14195 10-in. 11/12/1924 Oh! How I love my darling Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14219-14221 10-in. 11/15/1924 A new kind of man Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14230-14232 10-in. 11/18/1924 I want to see my Tennessee Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 14233-14235 10-in. 11/18/1924 No one knows what it’s all about Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 14250-14252 10-in. 11/19/1924 Insufficient sweetie Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14264-14265 10-in. 11/19/1924 Trouble’s a bubble Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14266-14268 10-in. 11/19/1924 Hello ‘Tucky! Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Bud De Sylva ; Al Jolson Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14442-14444 10-in. 12/11/1924 Oh! Lady be good Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14462-14464 10-in. 12/12/1924 I want to see my Tennessee Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14465-14467 10-in. 12/12/1924 Eliza Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14477-14480 10-in. 12/15/1924 When you and I were dancing Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14481-14483 10-in. 12/15/1924 Fascinating rhythm Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14492-14493 10-in. 12/15/1924 Let my home be your home (When you’re down in Dixieland) Dixie Stars Male vocal duet, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14516-14518 10-in. 12/17/1924 Birmingham papa Dixie Stars Male vocal duet, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 14519-14521 10-in. 12/17/1924 Let me be the first to kiss you good morning (And the last to kiss you good night) Dixie Stars Male vocal duet, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 251-275 of 396 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krueger, Benny," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

Krueger, Benny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

"Krueger, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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