The Force MDs Trisco Pearson Passes
Trisco Pearson passed away September 16, 2016 of an undisclosed illness. His death was announced by Bow Legged Lou of Full Force.
The Force MDs is an American R&B vocal group that was formed in 1981 in Staten Island, New York. Although the group has old school hip hop roots, it is perhaps best known for two tunes that are widely considered 1980s quiet storm classics, "Tender Love" and "Love is a House". They are considered major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.
The band was originally named The L.D.s, and then became the Force MCs, but ultimately preferred the name Force MDs, which stood for Musical Diversity. Though the group was not quite always as recognizable as other New York R&B acts when it first started, they were among the first R&B vocal groups to intermix doo-wop-affected singing with and sometimes over hip-hop beats.
The group was composed of brothers Stevie D., Antoine "T.C.D." Lundy, and Rodney "Khalil" Lundy, along with their uncle Jessie Lee Daniels. (Later, friends "Trisco" Pearson and Charles "Mercury" Nelson from the Mariners Harbor projects on Staten Island, NY joined the group.)
Performing and signing with a record label
The group began performing on Times Square, New York City street corners and during trips on the Staten Island ferry. After the L.D.s connected with DJ Dr. Rock (Roger Daniels) they then performed as "Dr. Rock & the Force MCs."
was discovered by Hip Hop Promoter Vansilk the Summer of 1981. The 3 members were Dr Rock, Stevie D and Mercury.
In collaboration with Dr. Rock, the group continued to perfect their unique sound, which was unusual at the time: a fusion of doo-wop harmonies and hip-hop that involved singing, rapping and group member's "human beatbox" melodies at underground hip hop shows. They gained even more credibility and respect from local fans after competing in an emcee lyrical battle against the well known Cold Crush Brothers from the Bronx in 1983.
By 1984 the group signed with Tommy Boy Records, and they had developed into a pure quiet storm/contemporary R&B group, with its top-ten R&B hit "Tears" from the debut album, titled Love Letters. (With the exception of their first album, the group was the first act on Tommy Boy to have major-label distribution through its then-parent Warner Bros. Records.)
The group produced a collection of R&B hits throughout the 1980s, and received overwhelming commercial success from the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-penned love song "Tender Love" from their second album, 1985's Chillin’. The song was featured in the 1985 feature film and soundtrack Krush Groove, and proved to be a huge success, peaking at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming an instant R&B classic after it stayed on the chart for 19 weeks. "Tender Love" was also one of the tracks that helped Jam & Lewis garner a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. The song "Itchin' For a Scratch" was performed by the group in the 1985 feature film Rappin', and was also part of the soundtrack.
In 1987 they finally scored their first R&B #1 hit, "Love is a House," from their third album, Touch & Go.
His friends here at SR truly morn the loss of such a talented performer and good natured gentleman, you will be missed Trisco.