Main Ingredient, The : EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL/ WHO CAN I TURN TO (WHEN NOBODY NEEDS ME)

Main Ingredient, The : EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL/ WHO CAN I TURN TO (WHEN NOBODY NEEDS ME)

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RCA, 1972.

vinyl condition: VG

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The Main Ingredient was formed in Harlem  in 1964 as a trio called the Poets, composed of lead singer Donald McPherson,  Luther Simmons, Jr., and Panama-born Tony Silvester. They made their first recordings for Leiber & Stoller's Red Bird label, but soon changed their name to the Insiders and signed with RCA Records. In 1968, after a couple of singles, they changed their name once again, this time permanently, to The Main Ingredient. The name came from a Coca-Cola bottle.

They then teamed up with record producer/arranger Bert DeCoteaux. Under his direction, the Main Ingredient reached the R&B Top 30 three times in 1970. In 1971, tragedy struck that year. Don McPherson died unexpectedly. Stunned, Tony Silvester and Luther Simmons re-grouped with new lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr., who had served as a backing vocalist on some of their previous recordings, and had filled in on tour.

The Gooding era began auspiciously with the million-selling smash EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL, which hit number two R&B and number three pop to become the group's biggest hit. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc in 1972. They peaked at number eight on the R&B chart in 1974 with JUST DON'T WANT TO BE LONELY, which sold over a million copies, and also reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

They've been sampled 200+ times in hip hop. The Main Ingredient currently perform as a legacy band.