Lance and Otis Leavill formed a group named the Floats in the mid 1950s but broke up before recording any material. Lance became a featured dancer on a local television show, Time for Teens, and presenter Jim Lounsbury gave him a one-off record deal with Mercury Records. Mercury released his single “I Got a Girl”, written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, in 1959; it was not successful.
“The Monkey Time” written by Curtis Mayfield was Lance’s first hit song and reached No. 2 on the U.S. R&B chart and No. 8 on the U.S. pop chart in 1963. It was featured on his 1963 album The Monkey Time.Source