Sad news. Sad circumstances too, by the sound of it. Cuba Gooding Sr, the lead singer of 70s soul group Main Ingredient and father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr, has died at the age of 72. Gooding Sr was found dead in his car on Thursday in Woodland Hills, California. His body was slumped over the wheel of his Jaguar, but there was no suspicion of foul play. Anonymous sources told the LA Times that drug paraphernalia and alcohol containers were found in the car. Cuba Gooding Sr Was born in Harlem, New York. He once told reporters that “Being born in Harlem had its advantages if you wanted to be an entertainer because it was literally… the entertainment capital of the world. “I lived literally only eight blocks away from the Apollo Theater, and 19 blocks from Carnegie Hall. The other members of Main Ingredient – Tony Sylvester, Luther Simmons Jr. and Donald McPherson – were all childhood friends. As the band started to achieve success, he helped out with backing vocals and eventually stepped in as the lead singer following the death of frontman Donald McPherson in 1971.One of their biggest hits was the soul ballad “Everybody Play The Fool”, a number 3 hit on the Billboard Not 100 in 1973.
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