Saturday, June 15, 2024

RIP R&B Star Cuba Gooding, Sr., Father of Oscar Winning Actor, Lead Singer of the Main Ingredient


So devastated to hear that Cuba Gooding, Sr. has passed away at age 72. He was the lead singer of the Main Ingredient, a wonderful R&B group of the 1970s. His hits included “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.” They are mainstays of the pop and R&B canon. I knew Cuba Sr., we filmed him for “Only the Strong Survive.” He was a lovely man. What a shame. Cuba had the same effusive personality as the son (whom younger people will know better) and a lilting R&B tenor that was a staple of AM radio. Reports say he was found dead in his car in suburban Los Angeles. Condolences to our pal Cuba Jr., the famed actor, and all his friends and family.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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