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 176-200 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 11389-11391 10-in. 9/21/1923 That old gang of mine Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet leader  
Brunswick 11424-11427 10-in. 9/25/1923 What do you do Sunday, Mary? Victor Arden ; Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Phil Ohman Jazz/dance band, with 2 pianos instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 11930-11933 10-in. 11/21/1923 Old-fashioned love Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 11934-11937 10-in. 11/21/1923 Out of sight out of mind Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 11938-11941 10-in. 11/22/1923 Easy goin' Harry Reser Banjo solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 11942-11945 10-in. 11/22/1923 Dream daddy Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12004-12006 10-in. 11/30/1923 Linger awhile Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 12007-12009 10-in. 11/30/1923 So this is Venice! Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick 12010-12012 10-in. 12/3/1923 Promise me everything, never get anything blues Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12026-12028 10-in. 12/4/1923 Dancin’ Dan Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12029-12031 10-in. 12/4/1923 Why should I weep about one sweetie Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12032-12034 10-in. 12/4/1923 Hula Lou Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12045-12047 10-in. 12/6/1923 Linger awhile Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 12076-12077 10-in. 12/10/1923 Laughing record Georg Seidel ; Anne Tharman Mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12088-12090 10-in. 12/12/1923 Steppin’ out Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12091-12092 10-in. 12/12/1923 Say it with a ukulele Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12111-12113 10-in. 12/14/1923 Not here, not there (It’s fifty miles from nowhere) Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12114-12116 10-in. 12/14/1923 Steamboat Sal Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12120-12122 10-in. 12/15/1923 Sleep Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12135-12138 10-in. 12/19/1923 Dancin’ Dan Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12160-12164 10-in. 12/21/1923 The one I love belongs to somebody else Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12261-12263 10-in. 1/11/1924 Home in Pasadena Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12264-12266 10-in. 1/11/1924 Chili bom bom Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12399-12402 10-in. 1/28/1924 31st Street blues Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12403-12405 10-in. 1/28/1924 There's nobody else but you Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
(Results 176-200 of 396 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Krueger, Benny," accessed December 5, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

Krueger, Benny. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112549.

"Krueger, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 5 December 2022.

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