Monday, July 09, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Force MD's

Artist:Force MD's
Song:Tender Love
Album:Let Me Love You: The Greatest Hits

The pioneering hip hop group Force MD's were regulars on the R & B and Dance charts in the 80s. But they had their only top ten pop hit with the Quiet Storm classic Tender Love. Their music was a mix of hip hop and doo wop. The group was from Staten Island, NY and were originally called The L.D.'s in 1981. In the tradition of doo wop, they sang on the streetcorners of New York City. The group had three brothers, Antoine "TCD" Lundy, "Stevie D" Lundy and Rodney "Khalil" Lundy along with their uncle Jesse Lee Daniels and Trisco Pearson and Charles "Mercury" Nelson. When Roger "DJ Dr. Rock" Daniels joined, they were called Dr. Rock & The Force MC's. The group name was changed to Force MD's. MD=Musical Diversity. Force MD's mix of doo wop harmonies and hip hop elements got them some buzz which led to a contract with Tommy Boy Records in 1984. By the time their debut album Love Letters was released, Force MD's were more of an R & B group with a nod to hip hop. They had their biggest hit when Tender Love was used on the soundtrack of the 1985 film Krush Groove. It reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who were a pretty hot production team at the time. Force MD's had their only number one R & B hit with Love Is A House in 1987. Some of their other songs charted but they faded in the late 80s. You can get all their hits on this Rhino comp. Mercury and Trisco left in 1990 and Force MD's left Tommy Boy but the group continued and recorded an album in 1994. The 1998 death of Antoine Lundy should have killed them but Force MD's reunited in 2000 and again in 2008. But there's no question that Tender Love is a Quiet Storm classic. Here's the video for Tender Love by Force MD's.

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