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The Main Ingredient are an American R&B trio remembered for their 1972 hit “Everybody Plays The Fool.” Formed in Harlem in 1964, the trio was initially called The Poets, and consisted of Donald McPherson, Luther Simmons and Tony Silvester. They made their first recordings for Leiber & Stoller’s Red Bird label, but later changed their name to the Insiders and signed with RCA Records. In 1968, following a few singles, they changed their name once again, this time permanently, to the Main Ingredient. The name came from a Coke bottle. Under the direction of producer/arranger Bert DeCoteaux. the Main Ingredient charted with “You’ve Been My Inspiration”, “Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)”, and a remake of The Impressions’ “I’m So Proud.” Tragedy struck in 1971 when Donald McPherson died of leukemia. He was replaced by Cuba Gooding Sr. With Gooding on board, the Main Ingredient scored with “Everybody Plays The Fool” in 1972. The song reached No 2 R&B and No. 3 pop and sold one million copies. The single “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” peaked at No. 8 on the R&B chart in 1974. The Main Ingredient recorded several albums during the Gooding era, and scored one other hit with “Rolling Down A Mountain Side” in 1975. Silvester left the group and was replaced by Carl Tompkins. Gooding left for a solo career with Motown Records in 1977. Meanwhile, Simmons left the music industry to work as a stock broker. Tony Silvester died of multiple myeloma on November 26, 2006 at age 65. Luther Simmons retired shortly thereafter. Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in his car on April 20, 2017. The Main Ingredient now consist of  Jerome Jackson and Stanley Alston. They released the albums “LTD” (1970), “Tasteful Soul” (1970), “Black Seeds” (1971), “Bitter Sweet” (1972), “Afrodisiac” (1973), “Euphrates River” (1974), “Rolling Down A Mountain Side” (1975), “Shame On The World” (1975), “Music Maximus” (1977), “Ready For Love” (1980), “I Only Have Eyes For You” (1981), “I Just Wanna Love You” (1989) and “Pure Magic” (2001).

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