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 26-50 of 396 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W142910||10-in.||11/4/1926||Sunday||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||143264||10-in.||1/5/1927||Sunday||The Harmonizers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152729||10-in.||5/4/1934||Good night, lovely little lady||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; George Beuler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W152730||10-in.||5/4/1934||Once in a blue moon||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; George Beuler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W152731||10-in.||5/4/1934||A thousand good nights||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; George Beuler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W152732||10-in.||5/4/1934||Riptide||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; George Beuler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|OKeh||S-7527||10-in.||Aug. 1920||Silver water||Bennie Kreuger ; Rega Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with saxophone solo||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|OKeh||S-7528||10-in.||Aug. 1920||I'm a jazz vampire||Benny Krueger ; Rega Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with saxophone||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|OKeh||S-7908||10-in.||May 1921||Saxopation||Frank Stretz Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-70030||10-in.||July 1921||Sweetheart||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-70031||10-in.||July 1921||Stolen kisses||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||73974||10-in.||Jan. 1926||Hot coffee||Colonial Inn Orchestra ; Jack Glassner||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||B7-B10||10-in.||7/18/1924||There’ll be some changes made||Marion Harris||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Brunswick||B11-B13||10-in.||7/18/1924||I can’t get the one I want||Marion Harris||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Brunswick||4856||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1920||Crazy blues||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||4859||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1920||Royal garden blues||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||B50-B52||10-in.||8/4/1924||(I’m scared to death to hold my breath) Under the water||Margaret Young||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Brunswick||5109||10-in.||approximately Mar. 1921||Spread yo' stuff||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||B53-B54||10-in.||8/4/1924||Africa||Margaret Young||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Brunswick||6108||10-in.||approximately July 1921||All by myself||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||6149||10-in.||approximately July 1921||Sweet man o' mine||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||6153||10-in.||approximately July 1921||Saturday||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||7302||10-in.||approximately Feb. 1922||Jimmy, I love but you||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||7481||10-in.||approximately Feb. 1922||The school house blues||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters||Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||7551||10-in.||approximately Feb. 1922||Poor little me||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
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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