Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Force M.D.'s

The Force M.D.'s (M.D. standing for "musical diversity") were a R&B\doo-wop group that was formed in 1981 in Staten Island, New York that consisted of brothers Stevie D, Antoine "T.C.D." and Rodney "Khalil" Lundy, their uncle Jessie Lee Daniels & their friends Trisco Pearson & Charles "Mercury" Nelson.

They were one of the first R&B singing groups to mix doo-wop music with hip-hop beats. The group sung and danced on street corners at Greenwich Village and the Staten Island ferry.

After meeting Dr. DJ Rock, the group performed at hip-hop shows under the name "Dr. Rock and the M.C.'s."

In 1984, they signed to Tommy Boy Records as the Force M.D.'s, changing their image to a more straightforward R&B group.
During that same year, they released their debut album, "Love Letters" which peaked at #185 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Let Me Love You" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Tears" which peaked at #102 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #5 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
The third single from the album, "Forgive Me Girl" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #93 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Itchin' For a Scratch" peaked at #105 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #49 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles chart, and #13 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
In 1985, the Force MD's released their second album, "Chillin'" which peaked at #69 on the Billboard 200 and #14 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The lead single  "Tender Love" (which was featured on in the movie, "Krush Groove") became the group's biggest hit to date, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1986, #50 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #23 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "Here I Go Again" peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #98 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single, "One Plus One" peaked at #29 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
On the b-side of the "Walking On Air" single, the song "I Wanna Know Your Name" managed to peak at #21 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

In 1987, the group released their third album, "Touch and Go" which peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Love is a House" peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. In the U.K., the song managed to peak at #97 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The title song peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The third single from the album, "Couldn't Care Less" peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
By 1988, the Force M.D.'s fame started to fade. They released a single, "Deep Check" which managed to peak at #48 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #66 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1990, they released their fourth album, "Step to Me" which peaked at #74 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

During that time, members Trisco & Mercury left the group and were replaced by Khalil and new member Shawn Waters.
The first single from the album, "Are You Really Real?" peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

The follow-up single, "Somebody's Crying" peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
In 1992, the Force M.D.'s compliation album, "For Lovers and Others: Force M.D.'s Greatest Hits" was released.

The only single released from the album was "Your Love Drives Me Crazy" which peaked at #78 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In 1994, the Force MD's released their fifth album, "Moments in Time" which went nowhere on the charts at all.

In 1995, Mercury passed away from a fatal heart attack. Three years later in 1998, T.C.D. passed away from Lou Gehrig's Disease. DJ Dr. Rock also passed away from unknown circumstances.
The remaining members of the Force MD's reunited with a comeback album in 2000 called "The Reunion."

On April 8, 2010, the group made their first national television appearance in over a decade on the B.E.T. Network's "The Mo'Nique Show."

These days, the Force MD's consist of Stevie D, Jessie, & Khalil. A feature film documentary was  made about them called "The Force M.D.s Relived." The group continues to perform on stages all over the world.

To see the Force MD's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/ForceMds

To see the Force MD's Twitter page, go to:
https://twitter.com/#!/forcemds

To see the Force MD's Tumblr page, go to:
http://forcemds.tumblr.com/

To see the music video for "Tender Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_vpwbERBo

To see the music video for "Forgive Me Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z07XR1DWzA

To see a fan-made video for "Tears," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJU2Z-2Ap0Y

To see the music video for "Here I Go Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYA516opkuE

To see a fan-made video for "Walking on Air," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81g0LB39I_0

To see a fan-made video for "Love is A House," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te9b0jgUhts

To see the music video for "Couldn't Care Less," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-vNoiaz_Sc

To see the music video for "Are You Really Real," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhiEE45KNLs

To see the music video for "It's a Funk Thang," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBj752-lXdY


[Updated on 04\04\12]

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