The Main Ingredient - Everybody Plays The Fool on A Quiet Storm (1972)

The Main Ingredient - Everybody Plays The Fool
"Everybody Plays the Fool" is the title of a popular song written by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark and Ken Williams. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best R&B Song at the 1973 ceremony.

The first recording of the song to reach the Top 40 in the United States was by the R&B group The Main Ingredient, a trio consisting at the time of Cuba Gooding, Sr., Tony Silvester and Luther Simmons, Jr. Their version of "Everybody Plays the Fool" rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1972, and was certified gold by the RIAA. This version also peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and at No. 25 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. It was the group's highest charting hit single.

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  1. The Main Ingredient was a Harlem group (hat began as the Poets (not the Poets that sang die beach classic “She Blew a Good Thing”) and consisted of Donald McPherson, Luther Simmons and Tony Silvester. Even though Gooding wasn’t an original member of the group, he was friends with the guys, and they all came from similar backgrounds. “If you were a kid growing up in Harlem, and you didn’t want to be a pimp or a bum or a gangster, and you weren’t well educated, you sang or hoped to be in the music business,” Gooding said. “I grew up eight blocks from the Apollo Theater, and at that time 1 could walk down 125th Street and run into Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and that ilk. We believed it was the entertainment capital of the world.”