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Cuba Gooding Sr.
Gooding at a performance in San Diego, California, September 25, 2008
Cuba M. Gooding Sr.
April 27, 1944
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 20, 2017
|Cause of death||Drug overdose|
|Body discovered||Woodland Hills, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Sullivan (m. 1966–1974) (divorced); (m. 1995–2017) (his death)|
|Children||4 including Cuba Jr. and Omar|
|Parent(s)||Dudley MacDonald Gooding
|Associated acts||The Main Ingredient, Stevie Wonder|
Cuba M Gooding Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) was the lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient and actor.
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 found dead in his car on the afternoon of April 20, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California, aged 72. Police believe he died from a suspected drug overdose.
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