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Alligator Records is an independent blues record label from Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was founded by Bruce Iglauer in 1971. For his work maintaining Chicago Blues Iglauer was honoured "Chicagoans-of-the-Year 2001"


Alligator Records was founded to publish an album by Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, his favourite band. His employer, Bob Koester of Delmark Records refused to do so, therefore Iglauer decided to make his own record label.

Since its beginning Alligator Records has published over 250 Blues- und Bluesrockalbums.

Artists on Alligator Records


  • JJ Grey & MOFRO
  • Saffire
  • Marcia Ball
  • Tommy Castro
  • James Cotton
  • Tinsley Ellis
  • Anders Osborne
  • Scrapomatic
  • Guitar Shorty
  • The Holmes Brothers
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Roomful Of Blues


  • Gaye Adegbalola
  • Luther Allison
  • Carey Bell
  • Elvin Bishop
  • Billy Boy Arnold
  • Lonnie Brooks
  • Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  • Roy Buchanan
  • Cephas & Wiggins
  • Little Charlie & the Nightcats
  • Clifton Chenier
  • Albert Collins

Gallery of Alligator artists


  • 34 Grammy-nominations
  • 2 Grammys (I'm Here, by Clifton Chenier; Showdown! by Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, and Robert Cray)
  • 18 Indie Awards of the Association for Independent Music (AFIM)
  • 3 Grand Prix du Disque
  • 70 W.C. Handy Blues Awards(now Blues Music Awards) of The Blues Foundation

Official wbsite of Alligator Records with discography

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