Bruce Iglauer – Founder, Alligator Records

Bruce Iglauer


Bruce Iglauer is the founder of Chicago-based blues label Alligator Records. He got his start working for Bob Koester & Delmark Records before leaving in 1971 to sign Hound Dog Taylor & The House Rockers. The label was nominated for its first Grammy for Koko Taylor’s “I Got What It Takes” in 1975, and have since released over 250 albums by such famed artists as Big Walter Horton, Son Seals, Fenton Robinson, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks, Clifton Chenier, and Lonnie Mack. In 2002, Chicago Magazine awarded Bruce it’s Chicagoan of the Year award.