Lil Louis

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Lil Louis
Birth nameMarvin Burns
BornChicago, US
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Associated acts

Marvin Burns, known by his stage name Lil Louis (sometimes expanded to Li'l Louis & the World and Li'l Louis & the Party), is a Chicago-born house-music producer and DJ .[1] He scored a number of hits on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the 1980s and 1990s, three of which hit #1.[2]

His best known song, "French Kiss" spent two weeks at #1 on the dance chart in 1989. Originally an instrumental, the track features a several-minutes-long breakdown in which the music gradually slowed down in tempo to a stop. As it gained popularity, vocals by Shawn Christopher were added. Even with its sensual sound, it crossed over to some pop radio stations and climbed to #50 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a big success throughout Europe reaching #2 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and in Germany, and number one in the Netherlands. The video was directed by Marek Budzynski. British Drum 'n' Bass producers Ed Rush & Optical later produced a remix.

Laurent Garnier's 1997 single "Flashback" contained a remix made by Lil Louis called "Lil Louis Civilized Instrumental Painting."

In 2000, fellow producer Josh Wink released "How's Your Evening So Far?"—credited to Wink vs. Lil Louis—a track that heavily sampled "French Kiss." The song peaked at #3 on the dance chart. The song was also sampled in 2000 by female hip hop emcee Lil' Kim on the track "Custom Made (Give It To You)," which was featured on The Notorious KIM.

In the track "Teachers" from the Homework album by Daft Punk, Lil Louis is one of the many musicians mentioned.

In 2013, John Legend released the song "Made to Love", which features a prominent sample of the Lil' Louis song "Video Clash",[3] on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.

On January 24, 2015, Louis suffered permanent sound-induced hearing loss in his left ear during a soundcheck in Manchester, UK when a compressed air horn was let off in close proximity to him.[4][5]

Selected discography[edit]

1989 : "French Kiss" (12"), (FFRR), (Diamond Records), (Epic/SME Records, US)

1989 : "Frequency" (Remix) (Diamond Records)

1989 : Li'l Louis & The World – "I Called U," "Blackout" (FFRR/PolyGram), (Epic/SME Records, U.S.)

1989 : From The Mind of Li'l Louis (FFRR/PolyGram UK (Epic/SME Records US), album

  1. "I Called U" (Original Mix)
  2. "Blackout" (Original Mix)
  3. "Tuch Me" (Written with Larry Heard)
  4. "French Kiss"
  5. "War Games"
  6. "6 AM" (Larry Heard)
  7. "Nyce & Slow"
  8. "Insecure"
  9. "The Luv U Wanted" (Written/Co-Produced By Ferrante Eric(Hickerson)-Vocals By Sherel Riley)
  10. "Brittany" (featuring Joi Cardwell)
  11. "Li'l Tanya"

1992 : Li'l Louis & the World – "Club Lonely" (Epic/SME Records) (single)

1992 : Li'l Louis & the World – Journey with the Lonely (Epic/SME Records US), album

  1. "Club Lonely" (featuring Joi Cardwell)
  2. "New Dance Beat" (Masters at Work remix)
  3. "Saved My Life" (featuring Joi Cardwell)
  4. "Aahhhh!"
  5. "Do U Love Me"
  6. "You're My Reason"
  7. "Dancing in My Sleep" (featuring Joi Cardwell)
  8. "Funny How U Luv" (feat. Barbara Tucker)
  9. "Thief"
  10. "Share"

1997 : Li'l Louis – "Clap Your Hands" (Go! Beat)

2000 : Josh Wink & Li'l Louis – "How's Your Evening So Far?"

Singles in charts[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Dance
1987 "Frequency / How I Feel" singles only
1988 "The Original Video Clash / Music Takes U Away"
"7 Days of Peace / War Games" (as Lil' Louis and the Diamond Corp.)
1989 "French Kiss" 50 1 35 1 3 5 2 4 2 16 6 2 French Kisses – The Complete Mix Collection EP
1990 "I Called U (But You Weren't There)" 66 48 23 16 From The Mind of Lil' Louis
(as Lil' Louis & The World)
"Nyce & Slo" 89
1992 "Club Lonely" (featuring Joi Cardwell) 1 Journey with the Lonely
(as Lil' Louis & The World)
"Saved My Life" (featuring Joi Cardwell) 1 74
1997 "Clap Your Hands" (as Lil' Louis & The Party) 77 singles only
2000 "How's Your Evening So Far?" (Josh Wink & Lil Louis) 23
2001 "Blackout" (Li'l Louis vs. Hydrogen Rockers)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1999) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0252-6, p. 198
  2. ^ IMO Records. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 3, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Lil Louis Biography"], IMO Records' Retrieved on March 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "John Legend's Made to Love sample of Lil' Louis's The Original Video Clash". Whosampled. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "DJ suffers 'career-threatening' ear injury". BBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hi Appreciate all of your love.... - Lil Louis Official Fan Page | Facebook". Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Lil' Louis – US Hot 100 Chart". Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "Lil' Louis – US Dance Club Songs Chart". Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  8. ^ " > Lil Louis (singles)". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Lil' Louis – German Chart". Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Official Charts Company: Lil' Louis". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 10, 2014.