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.

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Recordings (Results 126-150 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 10014-10017 10-in. 2/28/1923 Runnin’ wild Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10018-10021 10-in. 2/28/1923 You’ve got to see mamma ev’ry night Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10029-10031 10-in. 3/1/1923 Wanita (Wanna eat? Wanna eat?) Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10032-10035 10-in. 3/1/1923 Seven or eleven (My Dixie pair o’ dice) Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10036-10038 10-in. 3/2/1923 One little smile (Before we say farewell) Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10062-10065 10-in. 3/6/1923 You know you belong to somebody else Ernest Hare ; Billy Jones Male vocal duet, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10086-10089 10-in. 3/9/1923 Mellow moon Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10110-10113 10-in. 3/15/1923 One little smile Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10135-10138 10-in. 3/19/1923 Wild papa Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick 10158-10161 10-in. 3/22/1923 Wildflower Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10162-10165 10-in. 3/22/1923 Apple sauce Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10166-10167 10-in. 3/22/1923 Wild papa Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick 10174-10176 10-in. 3/24/1923 You said something when you said Dixie Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10177-10180 10-in. 3/24/1923 That red head gal Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10296-10299 10-in. 4/7/1923 A kiss in the dark Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10300-10303 10-in. 4/7/1923 Little boy blues Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10304-10306 10-in. 4/7/1923 Down among the sleepy hills of Tennessee Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Brox Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10437-10439 10-in. 4/21/1923 Some day you’ll cry over someone Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10440-10442 10-in. 4/21/1923 Don’t be too sure Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10520-10522 10-in. 4/30/1923 Louisville Lou Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10523-10525 10-in. 4/30/1923 Papa, better watch your step Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10529-10530 10-in. 4/30/1923 You said something when you said Dixie Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10616-10618 10-in. 5/11/1923 Stavin’ Change Al Bernard ; Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10619-10621 10-in. 5/11/1923 Parson Jenks Al Bernard ; Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10622-10624 10-in. 5/11/1923 Who’s sorry now? Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 126-150 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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