Lil Louis

Lil Louis

Lil Louis is the stage name used by Chicago-born house music producer and DJ Louis Burns. 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.

His best known song, "French Kiss," featured vocals by Shawn Christopher and spent two weeks at #1 on the dance chart in 1989. The house track features a several-minutes-long breakdown in which the music gradually slowed down in tempo to a stop. 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 and in Germany.

Laurent Garnier's 1997 12" 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 which heavily sampled "French Kiss." The song peaked at #3 on the dance chart. The song was also sampled in 2000 by female rapper Lil' Kim on the track "Custom Made (Give It To You)", featured on "The Notorious KIM".

Louis has released albums under the names 'LiL' Louis & the World' and 'Lil Louis & the Party'.

In the song "Teachers" off the "Homework" album by Daft Punk, Lil' Louis is one of the many musicians mentioned.


1989 : "French Kiss" (12"), (FFRR) , (Diamond Records), (Epic/SME Records, U.S.)

1989 : "New York", (Diamond Records)

1989 : "Wargames" (Remix), (Diamond Records)

1989 : "Jupiter", (Diamond Records)

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

1989 : Lil' Louis & The World - "I Called U", "Blackout" (FFRR), (Epic/SME Records, U.S.)

1989 : "From The Mind Of Lil Louis" (FFRR) (Epic/SME Records, U.S.), album 01 - "I Called U" (Original Mix)02 - "Blackout" (Original Mix)03 - "Tuch Me" (Written with Larry Heard)04 - "French Kiss"05 - "Wargames"06 - "6 AM" (Larry Heard)07 - "Nyce & Slow"08 - "Insecure"09 - "The Luv U Wanted" (Written/Co-Produced By Ferrante Eric(Hickerson)-Vocals By Sherel Riley)10 - "Brittany" feat. Joi11 - "Lil Tanya"

1992 : Lil' Louis & The World - "Club Lonely" (Epic/SME Records)

1992 : Lil' Louis & The World - "Journey with the Lonely" (Epic/SME Records, U.S.), album 01 - "Club Lonely" (featuring Joi Cardwell02 - "New Dance Beat" (Masters At Work remix)03 - "Saved My Life"04 - "Aahhhh!"05 - "Do U Love Me"06 - "You're My Reason"07 - "Dancing in My Sleep"08 - "Funny How U Luv" (feat. Barbara Tucker)09 - "Thief"10 - "Share"

1997 : Lil Louis - "Clap Your Hands" (Go! Beat)

2000 : Josh Wink & Lil Louis - "How's Your Evening So Far?"

ee also

*List of number-one dance hits (United States)
*List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart

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