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 201-225 of 396 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 12406-12408 10-in. 1/28/1924 Twelve o'clock at night Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12576-12578 10-in. 2/27/1924 Why did I kiss that girl Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12603-12605 10-in. 3/3/1924 I wonder who’s dancing with you tonight Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12637-12639 10-in. 3/6/1924 Waiting for the rainbow Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12640-12642 10-in. 3/6/1924 Waters of Minnetonka Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12649-12652 10-in. 3/7/1924 What’ll I do Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Walter G. Haenschen Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12664-12666 10-in. 3/10/1924 Innocent eyes Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12667-12668 10-in. 3/10/1924 Limehouse blues Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12711-12713 10-in. 3/21/1924 Oh, gee, Georgie! Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12714-12717 10-in. 3/24/1924 What does the pussy cat mean when she says “me-ow?” Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12718-12721 10-in. 3/24/1924 Big boy! Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12722-12724 10-in. 3/24/1924 Nobody’s sweetheart Margaret Young Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12746-12749 10-in. 3/27/1924 Worried Carl Fenton’s Orchestra ; Phil Ohman Jazz/dance band, with piano solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12757-12759 10-in. 3/28/1924 How come you do me like you do Marion Harris ; Phil Ohman Female vocal solo, with orchestra and piano solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12760-12762 10-in. 3/28/1924 It had to be you Marion Harris ; Phil Ohman Female vocal solo, with orchestra and piano solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12773-12776 10-in. 4/1/1924 Hey hey and hee hee (I‘m Charleston crazy) Marion Harris Female vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12798-12800 10-in. 4/4/1924 Deep in my heart Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 12808-12811 10-in. 4/7/1924 In the evening Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick 12812-12814 10-in. 4/7/1924 Deep in my heart Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with whistling solo leader  
Brunswick 12907-12910 10-in. 4/17/1924 Adoration waltz Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12918-12920 10-in. 4/18/1924 Hula hula dream girl Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12929-12931 10-in. 4/19/1924 What has become of hinky dinky parlay voo? Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Brunswick 12932-12934 10-in. 4/19/1924 A thousand miles from here Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 12935-12937 10-in. 4/21/1924 Tell me, radio Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick 13008-13011 10-in. 4/26/1924 Savannah Benny Krueger’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 201-225 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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