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Cuba Gooding Sr.
Cuba Gooding Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He was the lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient, most

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (April 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Cuba Gooding Sr. Gooding at a performance in San Diego, California, September 25, 2008 Born (1944-04-27)April 27, 1944
New York City, New York, United States Died April 20, 2017(2017-04-20) (aged 72)
Woodland Hills, California, United States Spouse(s) Shirley Sullivan Children 4 including Cuba Jr. and Omar Parent(s) Dudley MacDonald Gooding
Addie Alston Musical career Birth name Cuba M. Gooding Occupation(s) Singer, Actor Years active 1964–2017 Associated acts The Main Ingredient, Stevie Wonder Website www.cuba-gooding.com

Cuba Gooding Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He was the lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient, most notable for its two biggest hits, "Everybody Plays the Fool" (1972) and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" (1974). Gooding also had a brief solo career on Motown Records during the late-1970s and early-1980s. His biggest international success was Brian Auger's "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" in 1983, which has in recent times been sampled by several R&B artists, as well as hitting the charts again as a remix by UK Hardcore Rave group Altern-8 in 1991. In the same year, samples from the song also featured prominently in Bizarre Inc's single "Playing With Knives".

Contents
  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Death
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Life and career

Born in New York, New York, Gooding was a son of Dudley MacDonald Gooding and his wife Addie Alston. The elder Gooding was a native of Barbados who fled the island in 1936 to Cuba, and met and married a woman there. When she was murdered because of their affiliation with Pan Africanist leader Marcus Garvey, Dudley Gooding promised his wife on her deathbed that he would name his first son Cuba. His father died when Cuba was eleven years old.

Gooding and his wife, singer Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan) had four children: actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Omar Gooding, April Gooding and musician Tommy Gooding. Gooding Sr. later became a minor actor himself. Gooding Sr. separated from his wife in 1974. In 1995, the Goodings remarried, some 21 years after they separated.

In one of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s movies (Radio), there is a scene where "Radio" is listening to The Main Ingredient.

Gooding released a single called "Politics" in September 2007. He was also developing a film project called Everybody Plays the Fool: The Cuba Gooding Story. The film highlights three generations of the Gooding Family: Dudley "Cuba" Gooding, Cuba Gooding Sr., Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding.

On the Boat Trip DVD trivia track, it was stated that he was going to appear in the 2003 romantic-comedy The Fighting Temptations, which stars his son Cuba Gooding Jr., but he is not in the movie.

Cuba was added by popular demand to the Beach Music Super Collaboration CD, performing the Charles Wallert composition, "Meant To Be In Love". This has led to the duo’s current project, “Never Give Up”, which debuted at the 2009 presidential inauguration. Gooding records for Bluewater Recordings.

Death

On April 20, 2017, Gooding was found dead in his vehicle while parked on a street in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. CPR was performed by the fire department but they were unable to revive him.

References
  1. ^ Modzelewski, Eve (2000-09-27). "Stage Preview: Acting takes Cuba Gooding Sr. on an inspirational tour". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Cuba Gooding Sr., 70s Singer and Father to Cuba Jr., Dead at 72: Report". PEOPLE.com. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Cuba Gooding Sr., 'Everybody Plays the Fool' Singer & Dad to Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 72". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
External links
  • Cuba Gooding Sr. official website
  • Cuba Gooding at the Internet Movie Database
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  • WorldCat Identities
  • VIAF: 59286457
  • LCCN: n92021252
  • BNF: cb14049851t (data)
  • MusicBrainz: bdabc889-e708-4d46-9012-186c0063ae06


 
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