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 301-325 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 15043-15046 10-in. 3/4/1925 The midnight waltz Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15047-15049 10-in. 3/4/1925 Memories of a rose Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 15105-15108 10-in. 3/10/1925 Ukulele lady Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15109-15112 10-in. 3/10/1925 Take 'em to the door (that's all there is, there ain't no more blues) Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15193½-15195 10-in. 3/16/1925 Yearning Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 15196-15198 10-in. 3/16/1925 Don’t bring Lulu Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Billy Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick 15250-15252 10-in. 3/21/1925 Oh! Katharina! Billy Jones Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15332-15334 10-in. 3/30/1925 Oh Vera! Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Billy Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick 15335-15337 10-in. 3/30/1925 Twilight, the stars and you Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 15371-15373 10-in. 3/31/1925 Ukulele lady Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15374-15375 10-in. 3/31/1925 Take 'em to the door Phil Ohman ; Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15376-15378 10-in. 3/31/1925 What do you say, boys Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones Male vocal duet, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15475-15477 10-in. 4/9/1925 Ev’rything is hotsy totsy now Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15478-15480 10-in. 4/9/1925 Sweet Georgia Brown Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15497-15499 10-in. 4/10/1925 By the light of the stars Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 15500-15502 10-in. 4/10/1925 Hot coffee Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick 15663-15665 10-in. 4/28/1925 Tell me more! Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 15666-15668 10-in. 4/28/1925 Why do I love you? Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 15669-15671 10-in. 4/28/1925 Titina Benny Krueger Saxophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 15672-15674 10-in. 4/28/1925 At the end of the road Benny Krueger Saxophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E37153 10-in. 9/14/1931 There’s a time and a place for everything Owen Fallon and his Californians [Benny Krueger's Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E37157 10-in. 9/14/1931 Me! Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E37198 10-in. 9/14/1931 I don’t know why (I just do) Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E37199 10-in. 9/14/1931 I idolize my baby’s eyes Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E37371 10-in. 11/23/1931 She’s so nice Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
(Results 301-325 of 396 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krueger, Benny," accessed February 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

Krueger, Benny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

"Krueger, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 February 2023.

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