South Shore Commission was an R&B/funk group that morphed from The X-Citers Band which started in Washington D.C. Members initially included Warren Harding Hagood II (drummer),Sidney Lanier Pinchback II ,(guitarist), David Thomas Henderson (bassist), David Abner Scott (vocalist), Armed Allen McIntosh, (trumpet and sax), Joe Hudson (sax), Melvin Moore (trumpet), and Kenny Anderson (trumpet)for a short while. After morphing (Sheryl Henry (vocals), Frank McCurry (vocals), Eugene T. Rogers (percussion and guitar), an Lantz Arnell (Keyboards)joined the group. They had three Billboard Hot 100 chart hits, the most popular of which, "Free Man," hit number 61 in 1975, reached the top ten on the Soul chart, and went to number one on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Before settling in Chicago during the mid-60's, Sid Lanier Pinchback 11 lived in Gary, IN along with his band members. In Chicago, Sid, Warren, and David H. recorded for One-derful Records backing artist Benny Turner, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Denise LaSalle, Otis Clay, McKinley Mitchell, The Du-ettes, The Five Dutones, Johnny Sayles, Monk Higgins, Beverly Schaffer, Joe and Mack, The Accents, Harold Burrage, Mamie Galore and others. At St.Lawerence Records we recorded behind Chuck Bernard, The Vontastics, Jamo Thomas, Holle Maxwell, Freddie Robinson, Cash McCall and others. At Chess, Checker, and the Cadet Record group, we (Sid, Warren, and David H.)recorded behind The Dells, Andre Williams, Minnie Riperton, Koko Taylor, The Violinaires, Tommy Tucker, Joann Garrett, The Starlets, Laura Lee, Etta James and others. We worked with the likes of Willie Dixon, Gene Barge (Daddy G), Burgess Gardner, and Billy Stewart, who incidently was also from Wash., DC, The Dells, Alvin Cash & the Crawlers who later became Alvin Cash & the Registers (who recorded “Twine Time” and “Barracuda”), the Rotary Connection, the group that Minnie Ripperton got her start, Monk Higgins (gotcha), and the great producer/arranger Charles Stepney. We recorded some sessions in other studios with Junior Wells, Tyronne Davis, The Chi-lites, Darrow Fletcher, Patti Drew and others. Sid was co-writer and session guitar player along with Warren Hagood (drums), and David Henderson (bass) on many songs recorded in Chicago during the mid to late 60's. Most notably, They were co-writers on Billy Stewart’s “Cross My Heart” and Jackie Wilson's "The Whispers getting louder". The credits list Barbara Acklin And David Scott as the writers on Whispers but the truth is that Warren came up with the title after seeing a commercial on TV. The four of us David Scott, Warren Hagood (aka Big Hamm), David Henderson, and Sidney Pinchback began writing the lyrics and creating the demo in a hotel room at The New Michigan Hotel. Barbara and I (David Henderson) were in a relationship. Since I (David Henderson), Sid and Warren were signed to Chess records as artists and writers we decided to put the song in just Barbara and David Scott's name in order to get more songs recorded. Out of four songs we sent with Barbara to Brunswick Records (where she wa employed), Jackie Wilson chose one of our songs to record, The Whispers Getting Louder. Barbara called me while Jackie was recording and said he needed some more words. While we were talking someone told her never mind Jackie is adlibbing. The "calling your name Barbara" was a line David Scott put in paying hommage to an ex-girlfriend still in Washington D.C.. I just had to set the record straight. It was foolish on our part (David H., Sidney P., and Warren H.), giving up the rights to the song,and being young and foolish not to realize that things change. We all thought our partnership would endure but that was not to be. By the early 70's, Sid with his family and fellow musicians moved to Los Angeles. In LA, Sid with the group South Shore Commission recorded “Free Man” and earned a spot on Don Cornelius’s Soul Train by the mid-70's.