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Alligator Records is a Chicago-based independent blues record label founded by Bruce Iglauer in 1971.

Iglauer started the label with his own savings to record and produce his favorite band Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers,[1] whom his employer, Bob Koester of Delmark Records, declined to record. Nine months after the release of the first album, he stopped working at Delmark Records to concentrate fully on the band and his label.

Since its founding, Alligator Records has released over 250 blues and blues/rock albums, as well as a now-defunct reggae series. Present Alligator artists include Marcia Ball, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Roomful of Blues, Eric Lindell, JJ Grey & Mofro, Lee Rocker, Cephas & Wiggins, and Michael Burks.



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