The Main Ingredient

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As far as I know they were pretty much only known for their song, "Everybody Plays the Fool."

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 06.29.10 @ 07:57am

They were much more . Check on their "Wikipedia" link.

Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 11.13.10 @ 19:30pm

Cuba Gooding Sr was found dead in his car on 4/20/17

Lead singer for the Main ingredient
Solo career with Motown
Father of Cuba Gooding Jr

Posted by Zuzu on Friday, 04.21.17 @ 12:44pm


Original Members

Don McPherson-deceased
Tony Sylvester-deceased
Cuba Gooding-deceased

Luther Simmons is the ONLY one left.

R.I.P. Cuba, Don, and Tony

Posted by bill g on Saturday, 04.22.17 @ 04:19am

13 HOT 100 HITS, including 2 Top 10's
19 Billboard R&B Hits, including 10 Top 20's
and 5 Top 10's
There first Hit, "You've Been My Inspration", reached the charts in 1970,

and their last,"Nothing's Too Good for My Baby" hit in 1990. That's 20 YEARS of HITS.

Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 04.22.17 @ 04:30am


Their first 5 hits were led by original lead singer Don Mc Pherson, before he passed away
from leukemia (cancer of the blood) in 1970 .

(Ironically,26 years later, original member Tony Sylvester also died from a blood- based cancer, Multiple myeloma,
in 2006).
After Don's passing ,original member Cuba Gooding ,who, strangely , wasn't signed by RCA when the other 3 were, was the group's choice as their new lead singer.Despite his not initally getting signed with the others,Don, Tony and Luther continued to let him record with him on their records. RCA rejected him initally when TMI was first signed, and again later, when Tony and Luther wanted him, stating that his sound was "not commercial enough".
The group's first song featuring Cuba turned out to be their first million seller..."Everybody Plays The Fool".
Their second million-seller was with their cover version of Ronnie Dyson's "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" also led by Cuba, which far outsold the original,reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Pop Charts.(Dyson's original only reached # 60 Pop).
Both "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" and "Everybody Plays The Fool" were worldwide hits, charting in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Their 1974 Top 40 hit, "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend", also charted in Canada as well.

Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 04.22.17 @ 04:56am

The Main Ingredient's first Top 10 R&B hit,
"Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)"
featuring Don Mc Pherson, is a 70's vocal group classic !!!

Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 04.22.17 @ 05:10am

One of The Main Ingredient's GREATEST RECORDS
was never even released as a single...

" I Want To Make You Glad "

Led by Cuba,and backed by Luther and Tony, this song featured some of the BEST vocal group singing I've EVER heard !!

Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 04.22.17 @ 05:21am

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