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The Alligators
The Alligators
Background information
Origin Detroit
Genres Blues
Years active 1984 - 2018
Dave Krammer - lead vocalist
Frankie Lee - bass
Jon Johnson - drums
Nick Tabarias - guitar
Past members
Steve Schwartz (Decd.), Wailin’ Dale Blankenship (Decd.), Ira (mighty I) Shapiro, Billy Farris, Pete Berg, Pete Kiss, Mark Seyler, Brian Miller, Gary Simon, R.D. Jones, Garrett ( Hollywood Jones) Kazanowski (Decd.), Mark Falconberry' Alen (Big Al) Grebovic, Vongo , Bruce Agababian, Steve Haverlock, Tom Martin, Kevin Carey, Jeff Varilone, Michael Jones (Decd.),Al Jones (Decd.)


The Alligators who disbanded in 2018 after 34 years played the kind of music that Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf would have loved in there own unmistakable way. Founded in the 1980's by vocalist Dave Krammer and harmonica player Wailin’ Dale. After Steve Schwartz, long time guitarist and friend joined the band the Alligators released their first CD followed by 4 more & tracks on 3 compilations in a 10 year span.
Steve Schwartz passed away unexpectedly in 2011 followed by Wailin’ Dale in 2015. After the unexpected passing's Steve and Dale, the band in addition to vocalist Dave Krammer consisted of three very well respected musicians. Frankie Lee on bass, who joined in 2007. Jon Johnson on drums, joined in 2008 and Nick Tabarias, guitar, who joined in 2012 to fill Steve's shoes continued until March 13 2018, when Dave Karmmer posted this on The Alligators Detroit Facebook page.

All things come to an end.
It's been an amazing 34 year run.
So many many cool experiences. What a wild journey.
Thank you everyone for all those memories
We've been blessed.


CD & Digital:

  • Down At Big Kadie's (2010) cdbaby
  • Twenty to Life (2005) cdbaby
  • aint nothing but love (2002)
  • Take the Bait (1999) AllMusic
  • Gimmie some Skin (1996)

Other Compilations:

  • Detroit Blues Live at Lou'sS (1993) song "Two Fingered Handshake" Amazon
  • Blues From The Heart (1994)
  • Uncut Detroit, Vol. II CD (1999) song "My Little Girl" cdbaby


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