Leather Pants / Nicci’s Theme
Brotherhood Band was started by Ernest Coleman(EC) and Clint Hyson, who met thorough a US Navy band called “Mid-South”, which was the US Navy’s premier musical organization operating out of Millington, Tennessee (20 min outside of Memphis). The group initially played as an instrumental jazz band. In keeping up with the times, they shifted gears towards a more contemporary sound. Shortly after, they decided to cut a single. Enter “Nicci’s Theme”, which is the B-side here and it’s a beautiful jazz tune EC wrote for a girl he fell in love with. This song was supposed to be his door way in, but he actually never opened the door with her.
A few weeks later Clint called EC and played this syncopated bass line for him over the phone. And then EC being the ladies man that he was wrote the lyrics to “Leather Pants” to it. Part of the lyrics read “The pants they stretch, but they don’t bust. Enough to make a blind man cuss”, but it originally read as, “The pants they stretch, but they don’t bust. Enough to make a PREACHER cuss”. The song was ready, but they needed to find a singer. That’s when member Richard Owens mentioned that he had a young cat back in Atlanta named Taji. In a gamble Taji drove up to Memphis for the Sunrise recording studio session to record the track. According to EC when Taji laid the vocals down he took the song to the next level. In fact it was so impactful that EC, who is now a Grammy producer, still references Taji’s sessions when working with new artist.
After the single dropped the group played at Memphis hot spots, Bills Twilight Lounge and Club No Name. EC even had an idea to host a local leather pants contest as a way to promote the song. This lead to a frenzy of women seeking to be “Miss Leather Pants”.