The Main Ingredient

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I vividly remember standing in Times Square in New York City – never asking for money, but just working on developing my craft

Cuba Gooding Sr., newpittsburghcourieronline.com, 30 December 2014

The Main Ingredient is an American soul and R&B group originally named The Poets. The group was formed in Harlem, New York in 1964 as a trio 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. After a couple of singles, they changed their name once again in 1968, this time permanently to The Main Ingredient, taking the name from a Coke bottle. Despite a decade of relative obscurity throughout the ’60s, the ’70s brought a new soulful sound which found far more success, notably their 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool”.