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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 151-175 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 10642-10644 10-in. 5/14/1923 Long lost mama Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10663-10666 10-in. 5/16/1923 Yes, we have no bananas Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick 10667-10669 10-in. 5/18/1923 Jack and Jill medley Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10674-10677 10-in. 5/16/1923 Waitin’ for the evenin’ mail Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10702-10705 10-in. 5/21/1923 Yes! We have no bananas Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10731-10735 10-in. 5/24/1923 March of the mannikins Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10750-10752 10-in. 5/25/1923 Morning will come Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10753-10755 10-in. 5/26/1923 Annabelle Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 10768-10770 10-in. 5/29/1923 First, last and always Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10771-10773 10-in. 5/29/1923 I cried for you Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 10796-10799 10-in. 6/4/1923 Tell me a story Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Orchestra leader  
Brunswick 10847-10849 10-in. 6/15/1923 ‘Tain’t nuthin’ else Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10850-10852 10-in. 6/15/1923 Someone else walked right in Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10949-10952 10-in. 6/27/1923 Duck’s quack Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10953-10955 10-in. 6/27/1923 My sweetie went away Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 10956-10958 10-in. 6/28/1923 Love tales Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 11035-11037 10-in. 7/6/1923 Carolina mammy Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Walter G. Haenschen Jazz/dance band, with whistling instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 11038-11040 10-in. 7/6/1923 I'll take you home again, pal o' mine Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 11041-11043 10-in. 7/6/1923 Love (My heart is calling you) Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 11044-11047 10-in. 7/6/1923 Mad ('Cause you treat me this way) Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 11052-11054 10-in. 7/7/1923 Stingo stungo Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 11055-11057 10-in. 7/7/1923 He may be your good man Friday (But he's mine on Saturday night) Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 11295-11297 10-in. 9/14/1923 That big blonde mamma Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 11298-11300 10-in. 9/14/1923 Lou'siana Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 11385-11388 10-in. 9/21/1923 Wonder if she's lonely, too Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 151-175 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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