He also worked as Lorraine Ellison's recording director, and produced Betty Mabry's first single, "The Cellar". In 1966, he signed for Riverside Records, and as Lou Courtney recorded the first in a series of dance-based songs. His first chart hit came with "Skate Now", which reached number 13 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 71 on the Hot 100 in 1967, and was followed by "Do the Thing" (#17 R&B, #80 pop). He released a series of singles on the Riverside and its subsidiary Pop-Side label in the late 1960s, including two more R&B chart hits, "You Ain't Ready" and "Hey Joyce"; several tracks later regarded as classics on the British Northern soul scene such as "Me & You Doing the Boogaloo" and "If the Shoe Fits", together with an album, Skate Now - Shing-A-Ling. His recordings covered ballads and mainstream soul tracks, as well as funk.
Most of his songs of the period were co-written and produced with Robert Bateman, who had previously been the co-writer and co-producer of the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" at Motown. Courtney left Pop-Side in 1968 and released singles on various other labels including Verve ("Do the Horse", 1968), Buddah ("Let Me Turn You On", 1969), and Hurdy-Gurdy ("Hot Butter 'N All", 1971). However, he failed to reach the charts until he joined Epic Records in 1973, when, working with producer Jerry Ragovoy, he had further R&B chart entries with "What Do You Want Me To Do" and "I Don't Need Anybody Else", both self-penned songs. He also released an album, I’m In Need of Love, and appeared on Bonnie Raitt's 1974 album, Streetlights, which Ragovoy produced. He formed a band, Buffalo Smoke, who released several singles, including a funk version of "Stubborn Kind of Fella", and an album on RCA Records in 1976.
In 1978, Courtney briefly became a member of The 5th Dimension, replacing Danny Beard, and featured on their Motown album High On Sunshine. Subsequently, he has made occasional one-off live appearances. In 2016 it was reported that Courtney was living in New York City, following a stroke. Discography Chart singles YearSingle Chart Positions - US Pop, US R&B 1967 "Skate Now" 7113 "Do the Thing" 8017 "You Ain't Ready" -46 "Hey Joyce" -43 1973"What Do You Want Me To Do" -48 1974"I Don't Need Nobody Else" -67 Albums Skate Now - Shing-A-Ling (Riverside, 1967) I’m In Need of Love (Epic, 1974) Buffalo Smoke (RCA, 1976) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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