Singer Jessie Lee Daniels of the R&B group Force MDs has died. The group is best known for their 1985 hit song “Tender Love.” Daniels died on Jan. 6. He was 57.
Daniels’ death was announced by the group on social media. “TO ONE HELL OF A ENTERTAINER “JESSIE D” OF LEGENDARY FORCE MDS. HE ATE, SLEEP AND BREATHE MUSIC EVERYDAY. PLEASE PUT A HEART UP FOR HIM. HE WAS LOVED!!!!!!!!!! TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS TODAY WE LOST A REAL TALENT. OUR CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO HIS SIBLINGS, KIDS AND THE FORCE MDS,” the group wrote on Facebook.
A native of Staten Island, Daniels founded Force MDs (Musical Diversity) in 1981 with his nephews. The group performed in Times Square and the Staten Island Ferry before being signed to Tommy Boy Records. Their 1985 single “Tender Love” from their second album Chillin appeared in the film Krush Groove and its soundtrack. The song reached No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.