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 376-396 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 498W-500W 10-in. 3/5/1925 The only, only one for me Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 501W-503W 10-in. 3/6/1925 Ukulele lady Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 504W-505W 10-in. 3/6/1925 Red hot Henry Brown Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 519W-521W 10-in. 3/10/1925 Oh, how I miss you tonight Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 522W-524W 10-in. 3/10/1925 I had someone else before I had you (And I’ll have someone after you’ve gone) Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 538W-540W 10-in. 3/12/1925 Yearning Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 541W-543W 10-in. 3/12/1925 I didn’t care (‘Till I lost you) Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 599W-601W 10-in. 3/25/1925 Those Panama mammas Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 602W-605W 10-in. 3/25/1925 Red hot Henry Brown Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 663W-664W 10-in. 4/8/1925 Jimtown blues Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 665W-666W 10-in. 4/8/1925 Kansas City stomps Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 1347W-1349W 10-in. 9/15/1925 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 1350W-1352W 10-in. 9/15/1925 Everybody stomp! Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick Tests 14Ch 3/19/1924 Worried Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick Tests 15Ch 3/19/1924 “No” means “Yes" Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10119[a] 10-in. 3/16/1923 Wildflower Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Edison 10833 10-in. 2/16/1926 Hot coffee Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 11342 10-in. 11/29/1926 Sunday Don Voorhees and his Earl Carroll's Vanities Orchestra ; Arthur Hart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Edison 11401 10-in. 12/27/1926 Sunday (That day when I'm with you) National Male Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra songwriter  
Vocalion 151W-154W 10-in. 12/23/1924 Prince of Wails Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Vocalion 155W-157W 10-in. 12/23/1924 I ain’t got nobody to love Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 376-396 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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