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 101-125 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 7151-7153 10-in. approximately Jan. 1922 Doo-dah blues Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7154-7156 10-in. approximately Jan. 1922 Granny Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7258-7260 10-in. approximately Jan. 1922 Cutie Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7690-7693 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Pick me up and lay me down in dear old Dixieland Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 7694-7696 10-in. approximately Mar. 1922 Little tin soldier Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8146-8148 10-in. approximately May 1922 Stumbling Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8164-8166 10-in. approximately May 1922 Swanee bluebird Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8167-8169 10-in. approximately May 1922 Sweet Indiana home Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8424-8426 10-in. approximately July 1922 Who'll take my place? Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8427-8429 10-in. approximately July 1922 Struttin' at the Strutter's Ball Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8477-8479 10-in. approximately July 1922 Away down South Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8553-8554 10-in. approximately Aug. 1922 Blue Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 8556-8557 10-in. approximately Aug. 1922 Haunting blues Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9045-9046 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 Some of these days Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9227-9229 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 The thief Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9230-9232 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Dumbell Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9262-9264 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Where the bamboo babies grow Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9492-9494 10-in. approximately Dec. 1922 Open your arms, my Alabamy Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9495-9497 10-in. approximately Dec. 1922 Nothing but Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9717-9719 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 You’ve got to see Mamma every night Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9720-9722 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Lovin’ Sam Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9900-9903 10-in. 2/13/1923 Liza Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 9933-9936 10-in. 2/16/1923 Wet yo’ thumb Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 9950-9951 10-in. 2/20/1923 Peggy, dear Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 9959-9961 10-in. 2/21/1923 You know you belong to somebody else Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 101-125 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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