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 351-375 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E17594-E17597 10-in. 1/20/1926 Don’t be a fool—you fool! Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick E17604-E17607 10-in. 1/21/1926 Hot coffee Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone, composer  
Brunswick E17608-E17611 10-in. 1/21/1926 As long as we’re in love Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick E17930-E17931 10-in. 2/10/1926 Dinah Benny Krueger Saxophone solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E17932-E17933 10-in. 2/10/1926 Forever and ever with you Benny Krueger Saxophone solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick E26709-E26711 10-in. 2/28/1928 Oh! Look at that baby Six Jumping Jacks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26711) composer  
Brunswick C188-C190 10-in. 4/21/1926 Bye bye blackbird Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick C201-C204 10-in. 4/22/1926 What was I to do (But fall in love with you) Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick C434-C436 10-in. 6/22/1926 How many times? Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C437-C438 10-in. 6/22/1926 Leave me something to remember Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C503-C505 10-in. 7/20/1926 Sunday Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick C624-C625 10-in. 9/11/1926 Gone again gal Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick C626A-C627A 10-in. 9/11/1926 No one but you knows how to love Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick C705-C706 10-in. 2/24/1927 Why can’t you find time for me Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, composer  
Brunswick C707-C708 10-in. 2/24/1927 Hoosier sweetheart Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick 254W-256W 10-in. 1/23/1925 Hot-hot-hottentot Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 257W-259W 10-in. 1/23/1925 How come you do me like you do? Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 266W-268W 10-in. 1/24/1925 I don’t care what you used to be (I know what you are today) Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 269W-271W 10-in. 1/24/1925 Alabamy bound Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 272W-274W 10-in. 1/24/1925 I don’t want to get married (I’m having too much fun) Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 432W-434W 10-in. 2/25/1925 Just a little kiss from you Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 476W-477W 10-in. 2/26/1925 Everybody loves my baby Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 478W-481W 10-in. 2/26/1925 Swanee butterfly Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 488W-490W 10-in. 2/27/1925 My home Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 495W-497W 10-in. 3/5/1925 Oh, Katharina! Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
(Results 351-375 of 396 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krueger, Benny," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

Krueger, Benny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

"Krueger, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.

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