Lil' Louis

Lil' Louis

Real Name:
Marvin Louis Burns
American DJ and producer, based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Born: 13 May 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

One of the most popular Chicago house producers during the late 1980s thanks to his massive club hit "French Kiss", Lil' Louis was also the only Chicago producer to successfully deal with the major labels; he released two albums for Epic, and only left the label at his own instigation. Born in Chicago, Louis was the son of guitarist Bobby Sims, who recorded for Chess and appeared with the psychedelic-soul unit Rotary Connection. He grew up with nine siblings and played both drums and bass as a child, then began DJing in the mid-1970s (he earned his nickname after appearances at the club River's Edge while still in middle school). By the end of the decade he had his own club, the Future, where he began working on his editing techniques, thanks to a cassette deck and later a reel-to-reel recorder.

By the 1980s, Lil' Louis was hosting the biggest house parties in Chicago, and he began recording his productions around that time as well. His first single "How I Feel" appeared on his own label, and he began collaborating with Marshall Jefferson on several tracks, including "Seven Ways To Jack" by Hercules, Byron Stingily's "I Can't Stay Away". In 1987, his new single "French Kiss" became a local hit, then a platinum-selling international classic after being licensed to CBS and FFRR. The success triggered a major label contract through Epic, and the release of his debut album "From The Mind Of Lil' Louis" (1989).

Charting a course across jazz-fusion and R&B as well as house, the album was one of the best produced by any of the Chicago figures, and included session contributions from Larry Heard, Die Warzau, and his own father on drums. From the album, the moody single "I Called U" became another club hit. His follow-up album, the more stylistically unified "Journey With The Lonely", didn't fare as well and Lil' Louis retired from recording for over four years, preferring instead to set up his own studio in New York and work on production with Babyface and Me'Shell Ndegeocello. He returned by collaborating with "Little" Louie Vega of Masters At Work and also worked on production for Black Magic.
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Lil' Louis Discography Tracks


Lil Louis* Two Sides To Every Story (Album) Lil Louis Painting US 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Li'l Louis* Frequency / How I Feel Dance Mania US 1987 Sell This Version
Lil' Louis The Original Video Clash Dance Mania US 1988 Sell This Version
Lil Louis* French Kiss (Single, Maxi, EP) Diamond Records Greece 1989 Sell This Version
AS 5000 824 The Cure / Lil Louis* The Cure / Lil Louis* - Lovesong / French Kiss(7", Jukebox, Promo) Polygram AS 5000 824 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
FXDJ 189 Lil' Louis Club Lonely(2x12", Promo) FFRR FXDJ 189 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Lil Louis* Black Out FFRR UK 1999 Sell This Version
Wink* Featuring Lil Louis* Wink* Featuring Lil Louis* - How's Your Evening So Far? (EP, Single, Maxi) Ovum Recordings US 2000 Sell This Version
Lil Louis* Fable Diamond Records, Gramaphone Records (2) US 2012 Sell This Version
none Nicol & Majistrate* / Lil' Louis Nicol & Majistrate* / Lil' Louis - The Untouchables / French Kiss (Silver Remix)(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none UK Unknown Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

Lil' Louis Pride '95 (Comp) Edisom, Lda. Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
KCD 223 Lil' Louis Mix The Vibe: 27 Years In The Mix (1974-2001)(CD, Comp, Mixed) Nite Grooves KCD 223 US 2001 Sell This Version


none Lil' Louis F - K - P - W Edit(File, WAV) Not On Label (Paul Woolford Self-released) none UK 2017