One of my favorite songs is “Everybody Plays the Fool” a big hit for The Main Ingredient in 1972. The lead singer of The Main Ingredient is Cuba Gooding Sr. Yes the father of Cuba Gooding Jr.  How did you know?

Cuba Gooding Sr. is celebrating his 71st birthday.  Cuba senior is still performing.

(Source Wikipedia) Cuba was born in New York City, New York.  His mother was murdered because of their affiliation with Pan Africanist leader Marcus Garvey. His father Dudley MacDonald Gooding promised is wife on her deathbed that he would name his first son Cuba.  His father passed when he was 11-years-old.

In one of Cuba Gooding Jr. movies “ Radio” there was a scene where  “Radio” was listening to The Main Ingredient. Check out the Main Ingredient on the Soul Train and Live in  Vegas in 2013. He was 69