Legal name: Marvin Louis Burns

Also performs as: Black Magic: A Lil' Louis Painting, Lil' Louis, Lil' Louis and the Diamond Corp.


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

Louis also released albums under the names Li'l Louis & the World and Li'l Louis & the Party.

In the track "Teachers" from the Homework album by Daft Punk, Lil' Louis is one of the many musicians mentioned. In November 2012, accusations against Louis from Australian promoters in regards to his tour where he did not make it to Australia and perform and he kept the performance fee [1]. The blog/site became viral in the electronic music scene with coverage from all major newspapers and online magazines. In 2013, John Legend released the song "Made to Love", which features a prominent sample of the Lil' Louis song "Video Clash", 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.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1989 From the Mind of Lil' Louis 2
1992 Journey With the Lonely 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1989 I Called U 4
1997 French Kiss / Club Lonely 1

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Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Club Lonely 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Lonely Club 1

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