In 1964, there was a trio of musicians who called themselves the Poets. The Harlem-based musicians involved were lead singer Donald McPherson, Luther Simmons, Jr., and Panama-born Tony Silvester. They did a few recordings with a small label, and changed the name of their group to the Insiders and signed on with RCA Records. In 1968, after doing a few singles, they changed their name again. This time their name was inspired by a Coca-Cola bottle. They called themselves Main Ingredient. The name stuck
|The Main Ingredient Original Members|
The remaining pair teamed up with Cuba Gooding, Sr. He had done a few back up vocals for them previously, and had also filled in on tour while McPherson was too ill to travel.
1974 they found success again with "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely". In 1975, the group recorded several songs co-written by Leon Ware, including the R&B Top Ten "Rolling Down a Mountainside". By this point, however, Tony Silvester was harboring other ambitions; he released a solo album called Magic Touch that year, and left the group
Tony Silvester died after a six-year struggle with multiple myeloma on November 27, 2006, at the age of 65, and original member Luther Simmons retired shortly thereafter. Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in his car on April 20, 2017. The current line-up of the group consists of Jerome Jackson, and Stanley Alston.
Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely
Rolling Down a Mountainside
Happiness Is Just Around the Bend
Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)
Everybody Plays the Fool
If you’d like, you can listen to these and more of their tunes with this playlist.