Tender Love – Force M.D.’s | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#10), R&B (#4) and Adult Contemporary (#2); 1986

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The Force M.D.’s literally came from the streets of New York; performing publicly all around Greenwich Village as the LD’s to the tune of $400 a day in tips. Teaming up with DJ Dr. Rock, the two brothers, an uncle, and two friends, did their thing at hip-hop venues. In 1984, they signed with Tommy Boy, and hit the charts with Let Me Love You (#49 R&B) as the Force M.D.’s (for “musical diversity”). Within a year they’d added the R&B hits Tears (#5) and Itchin’ For A Scratch (#13) to their resume. The mainstream crowd first heard the Force M.D.’s in 1985 on the soundtrack to Krush Groove starring Sheila E. The track in question, Tender Love, was written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and highlighted the group’s innovative blend of classic soul harmonies with contemporary hip-hop style. Tender Love entered the rhythm list on Christmas week 1985, and by mid-April, the M.D.’s had a Top 10 crossover single.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis