Cuba Gooding Sr.

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

Cuba Gooding Sr.
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Gooding at a performance in San Diego, California, September 25, 2008
Born
Cuba M. Gooding Sr.

(1944-04-27)April 27, 1944
DiedApril 20, 2017(2017-04-20) (aged 72)
Cause of deathDrug overdose
Body discoveredWoodland Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationSinger, actor
Years active1964–2016
Spouse(s)Shirley Sullivan (m. 1966–1974) (divorced); (m. 1995–2017) (his death)
Children4 including Cuba Jr. and Omar
Parent(s)Dudley MacDonald Gooding
Addie Alston
Musical career
Websitecuba-gooding.com

This group is most notable for the songs "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 most successful song internationally was "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" in 1983. In recent times this song been sampled by several R&B artists, as well as hitting the charts again as a remix by UK Hardcore Rave pranksters/genii Altern-8 in 1991.

Gooding was born in New York City. He has four children, including actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. (born 1968) and Omar Gooding (born 1976).

Gooding was found dead in his car on the afternoon of April 20, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California, aged 72.[1][2] Police believe he died from a suspected drug overdose.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Cuba Gooding Sr., 70s Singer and Father to Cuba Jr., Dead at 72: Report". PEOPLE.com. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  2. "Cuba Gooding Sr., 'Everybody Plays the Fool' Singer & Dad to Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 72". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  3. "Cuba Gooding Sr. Reportedly dies after possible overdose". 20 April 2017.

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