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 326-350 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E37372 10-in. 11/23/1931 You knew you’d hurt somebody (Why did it have to be me?) Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E1753-E1755 10-in. 11/19/1925 Bamboola Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E1756-E1758 10-in. 11/19/1925 Five foot two, eyes of blue Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader  
Brunswick E1768-E1770 10-in. 11/20/1925 Hot aire Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E1771-E1773 10-in. 11/20/1925 Back home in Illinois Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E4202-E4204 10-in. 12/9/1926 Sunday Vanderbilt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E16117-E16119 10-in. 8/12/1925 Yes sir, that's my baby Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E16135-E16137 10-in. 8/14/1925 Yes sir, that's my baby Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E16138-E16140 10-in. 8/14/1925 If I had a girl like you Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E16257-E16260 10-in. 8/27/1925 Charlestonette Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16261-E16263 10-in. 8/27/1925 The kinky kids' parade Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16280-E16283 10-in. 8/31/1925 Angry Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16284-E16286 10-in. 8/31/1925 In the purple twilight Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16287-E16288 10-in. 8/31/1925 Yes, sir! That's my baby Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16486-E16489 10-in. 10/2/1925 The dance from down yonder Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader  
Brunswick E16490-E16492 10-in. 10/2/1925 What could be sweeter than you? Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, leader  
Brunswick E16811-E16814 10-in. 10/30/1925 Five foot two, eyes of blue (Has anybody seen my girl) Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16853-E16856 10-in. 11/6/1925 Bamboola Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16857-E16860 10-in. 11/6/1925 Five foot two, eyes of blue (Has anybody seen my girl) Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E16861-E16863 10-in. 11/10/1925 Let's wander away Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E16864-E16866 10-in. 11/10/1925 Someone's stolen my sweet, sweet baby Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E17582-E17584 10-in. 1/20/1926 Tie me to your apron strings again Volunteer Firemen Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E17585-E17587 10-in. 1/20/1926 Keep your skirts down, Mary Ann Volunteer Firemen Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E17588-E17590 10-in. 1/20/1926 In my gondola Volunteer Firemen Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E17591-E17593 10-in. 1/20/1926 Lo-nah Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
(Results 326-350 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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