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The Main Ingredient: Tasteful Soul (1970) & Bitter Sweet (1971)

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  • Album titlle: Tasteful Soul (1970) & Bitter Sweet (1971)

  • Genre R&B, Soul


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  • EAN: 5013929882720

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Main Ingredient, The - Tasteful Soul (1970) & Bitter Sweet (1971) CD 1
01 I'm Better Off Without You The Main Ingredient
02 Magic Shoes The Main Ingredient
03 I'm So Proud The Main Ingredient
04 Somebody's Been Sleeping The Main Ingredient
05 Make It With You The Main Ingredient
06 Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love) The Main Ingredient
07 Need Her Love (Mr. Bugler) The Main Ingredient
08 That's What Fate Will Do The Main Ingredient
09 Look At Me The Main Ingredient
10 Searching The Main Ingredient
11 Traveling The Main Ingredient
12 Where Are You The Main Ingredient
13 You've Got To Take It (If You Want It) The Main Ingredient
14 Everybody Plays The Fool The Main Ingredient
15 Whirl-Wind The Main Ingredient
16 Fly Baby Fly The Main Ingredient
17 I Can't See Me Without You The Main Ingredient
18 Where Do Broken Hearted Lovers Go? The Main Ingredient
19 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) The Main Ingredient
20 No Tears (n The End) The Main Ingredient
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"The Main Ingredient"

The Main Ingredient

Everybody Plays The Fool

The Main Ingredient

Everybody Plays The Fool


The tragedy of losing a member to leukemia didn’t stop The Main Ingredient from scoring their biggest hit of all the next year.

The original lineup coalesced in Harlem. Indianapolis-born Donald McPherson, their primary lead, was born July 9, 1941. Tony Silvester, born October 7, 1941, came all the way from Colon, Panama. Luther Simmons was a native New Yorker, born September 9, 1942. They initially called themselves The Poets, waxing Merry Christmas Baby for Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s Red Bird label in 1965. By ’67, the trio, now known as The Insiders, was signed to RCA Victor, where they wrote If You Had A Heart for themselves. One more name change the following year to The Main Ingredient (reportedly adapted from a phrase on a Coke bottle) and they were good to go.

After a long spell of trying, the trio finally cracked the R&B hit parade in 1970 for RCA with You’ve Been My Inspiration, another group-generated theme. A revival of The Impressions’ I’m So Proud made a #13 R&B impact for them in the first weeks of ’71. That was the year that The Main Ingredient broke big with the brooding, exquisitely orchestrated (by Bert De Coteaux) Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love), a #7 R&B smash that spring. Black Seeds Keep On Growing did well for them that autumn, but celebrating likely wasn’t a priority. McPherson died July 4, 1971, leaving a big hole in The Main Ingredient.

Cuba Gooding, Sr. came to the rescue, sliding into the spotlight with the trio as though he’d been there all along. Born April 27, 1944 in New York City, Gooding was on board in time to shine on his new group’s top seller of all. Everybody Plays The Fool, a #2 R&B/#3 pop blockbuster that went gold, retained the services of arranger/conductor De Coteaux and producer Winston ‘Buzzy’ Willis, an ex-member of the doo-wopping Solitaires. They created a classy backdrop for Cuba, Tony, and Luther (the song’s writers included veteran tunesmith Rudy Clark of Good Lovin’ fame and J.R. Bailey, formerly of The Cadillacs).

The trio was producing itself when they went gold again in 1974 with Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely. They posted more Top Ten R&B entries with Happiness Is Just Around The Bend later that year and 1975’s Rolling Down A Mountainside. Gooding left in ’78, though they reformed and resigned with RCA in ‘80. ‘Panama’ Silvester died November 26, 2006, but Cuba still fronts a new Main Ingredient. His son, Cuba Gooding, Jr., found his own path to fame as a film actor. 

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music 25 Scorching Classics From 1972

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