Cuba Gooding Sr, the lead singer of 70s soul group Main Ingredient as well as also father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr, has died at the age of 72.
The star was found dead in his car on Thursday in Woodland Hills, California, officials said.
His body was slumped over the wheel of his Jaguar, yet there was no suspicion of foul play.
Anonymous sources told the LA Times that will drug paraphernalia as well as also alcohol containers were found within the vehicle.
Born in Harlem, brand new York, the star received his unusual forename through his father, Dudley MacDonald Gooding.
“He told my mother that will he might name his first born son Cuba because he once lived in Cuba as well as also had positive feelings about the country,” the musician told the North Dallas Gazette in 2015.
He was encouraged to pursue a singing career by his family.
“My mom as well as also dad were determined that will their first-born son might do something within the arts, if I had the talent,” he recalled in a 2014 radio interview.
“Being born in Harlem had its advantages if you wanted to be an entertainer because that will was literally… the entertainment capital of the globe.
“I lived literally only eight blocks away through the Apollo Theater, as well as also 19 blocks through Carnegie Hall. Although Carnegie Hall required a little bit more sneaking within the back.”
Growing up, he saw the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke as well as also Jackie Wilson play on his doorstep, as well as also resolved to become a singer in his own right.
The different members of Main Ingredient – Tony Sylvester, Luther Simmons Jr as well as also Donald McPherson – were childhood friends, yet Gooding Sr initially declined to join the group, having set his sights on a solo career.
yet, as the band commenced to achieve success, he helped out with backing vocals, as well as also stepped up as the lead singer following the death of frontman Donald McPherson in 1971.
Under Gooding’s leadership, the band scored their first million-seller, Everybody Plays The Fool, which led to further hits, including Happiness is usually Just Around the Bend as well as also Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.
In 1972, they recorded an album, Afrodisiac, which featured several songs written or co-written by Stevie Wonder.
yet by 1977, Sylvester as well as also Gooding Sr had both left the band. Gooding Sr signed with Motown Records as well as also released two well-received, yet commercially disappointing albums.
He later re-joined Main Ingredient as well as also worked with them through the 1980s.
His son Cuba Gooding Jr is usually an Oscar-winning actor who appeared in films including Boyz ‘N the Hood, A Few Great Men as well as also Jerry Maguire.
The star had three different children with his wife Shirley Gooding: Omar as well as also April, both of whom are also actors, as well as also musician Tommy Gooding, who served as the musical director of his father’s touring band.
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