Newswire: R.I.P. Cuba Gooding Sr., singer of “Everybody Plays The Fool”

Variety reports that celebrated soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead earlier today. Although overshadowed in recent years by the legacy of his Oscar-winning actor son, Gooding Sr. was a Motown and R&B star in the 1970s; as the lead singer for The Main Ingredient, his version of “Everybody Plays The Fool” became an R&B standard, cresting the tops of the Billboard charts and earning gold certification from the RIAA.

Named for the country where his parents met and fell in love, Gooding Sr. grew up in New York. He joined The Main Ingredient in 1971, stepping in when former lead singer Don McPherson suddenly died during a bout of leukemia. Within a year, the band had tasted stardom, releasing “Everybody Plays The Fool,” and launching themselves into the upper echelons of R&B with its smooth, catchy refrain. During that same period, Gooding Sr. first moved his family to …

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