Lil' Louis

Bürgerl. 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.


Lil' Louis - Two Sides To Every Story Cover-Design Lil Louis* Two Sides To Every Story (Album) Lil Louis Painting US 2009 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

Lil' Louis - Frequency / How I Feel Cover-Design Li'l Louis* Frequency / How I Feel Dance Mania US 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
Lil' Louis - The Original Video Clash Cover-Design Lil' Louis The Original Video Clash Dance Mania US 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
Lil' Louis - French Kiss Cover-Design Lil Louis* French Kiss (Single, Maxi, EP) Diamond Records Greece 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
AS 5000 824 Lil' Louis - Lovesong / French Kiss Cover-Design The Cure / Lil Louis* The Cure / Lil Louis* - Lovesong / French Kiss(7", Jukebox, Promo) Polygram AS 5000 824 Italy 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
FXDJ 189 Lil' Louis - Club Lonely Cover-Design Lil' Louis Club Lonely(2x12", Promo) FFRR FXDJ 189 UK 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
Lil' Louis - Clap Your Hands Cover-Design Lil' Louis Clap Your Hands FFRR US 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
Lil' Louis - Black Out Cover-Design Lil Louis* Black Out FFRR UK 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
Lil' Louis - How's Your Evening So Far? Cover-Design Wink* Featuring Lil Louis* Wink* Featuring Lil Louis* - How's Your Evening So Far? (EP, Single, Maxi) Ovum Recordings US 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
Lil' Louis - Fable Cover-Design Lil' Louis Fable (Single) Diamond Records, Gramaphone Records (2) US 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
none Lil' Louis - The Untouchables / French Kiss (Silver Remix) Cover-Design Nicol & Majistrate* / Lil' Louis Nicol & Majistrate* / Lil' Louis - The Untouchables / French Kiss (Silver Remix)(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none UK Unknown Diese Version verkaufen

DJ Mixes

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


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