If you've got more than a handful blues albums in your collection, you've probably got some records from Alligator in the mix. My brother Jon and I have purchased a lot of blues albums, so we know the Alligator label well. Started in 1971 by Bruce Iglauer as a means to promote his beloved Hound Dog Taylor, Alligator is without a doubt the top blues label in the world. Koko Taylor, the Living Chicago Blues series, Lonnie Brooks, Albert Collins, Clifton Chenier, Johnny Winter, Lonnie Mack, Roy Buchanan -- and on and on it goes. By the 1990s, when my brother and I really started getting much deeper into the blues, it seemed that everyone was on Alligator. Very little has changed, save for the size of the Alligator catalog and the prestige of recording for the label. Happy 40th anniversary to the folks at Alligator.