Schakowsky Recognizes 50th Anniversary of Alligator Records

May 27, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, recognized the 50th Anniversary of Alligator Records, which gave way to the Chicago blues music heritage and contemporary blues millions of Americans enjoy today. She introduced H. Res. 443, a Congressional Resolution honoring the record label’s history and achievements.

In 1971, at the age of 23, Bruce Iglauer founded Alligator Records, running it out of his tiny apartment. By necessity, he quickly became not only the label but also booking agent, publicist, manager, driver, roadie and advisor for his first band, Hound Dog Taylor and The HouseRockers.

“The rich, vibrant music scene in Chicago is just one of the many things people love about our city. In 1971, Bruce Iglauer knew that if he could help his favorite band record an album, he could open up a whole new audience for their music. And when a record label said ‘No’, he did the next logical thing – he started his own label, Alligator Records,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky.

The resolution reads, in part:

Whereas today, Alligator Records is the largest independent blues label in the world, with over 350 albums and an artist roster that ranges in age from 22 to 78, and has won three Grammy Awards and an astonishing 48 nominations, as well as over 150 Blues Music Awards and over 115 Living Blues Awards; and

Whereas Alligator Records has been a driving force in support of Chicago blues and blues music worldwide, and a glowing example of our country’s rich tradition of musical and entrepreneurial spirit.

The resolution was introduced with 12 original co-sponsors. They are Representatives Brad Schneider, Cheri Bustos, Bobby L. Rush, Robin Kelly, Marie Newman, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Mike Quigley, Sean Casten, Danny K. Davis, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Bill Foster, and Lauren Underwood.