Lil Louis (Chicago)
David Harness (SF)
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 major labels, releasing two albums for Epic. Louis is 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 DJ-ing in the mid-70s. 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 80s, Lil Louis was hosting the biggest house parties in Chicago, and simultaneously began recording his own productions. His first single How I Feel appeared on his own label, and he then began collaborating with Marshall Jefferson on several tracks including Seven Ways To Jack by Hercules and Byron Stingily’s I Can’t Stay Away. In 1987, his single French Kiss became a local hit, then a platinum-selling international classic after being licensed to CBS and ffrr, and the rest as they say, is history!
Along with Mighty Real resident, SF's own, the legendary David Harness!