Cuba Gooding Sr. was born on April 27, 1944, and died on April 20, 2017.
He was an American singer and actor.
Gooding Sr 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 Sr. had a brief solo career on Motown Records during the late-1970s and early-1980s.
Gooding’s 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.
During that same year, samples from the song also featured prominently in Bizarre Inc’s single “Playing With Knives”.
The officials believe Cuba died from a suspected drug overdose after he was found in his vehicle while parked on a street in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.
Cuba Gooding Sr. passed away at 72 years old.