This durable New York, USA-based soul group was formed as the Poets in 1964 by Donald McPherson (9 July 1941, USA, d. 4 July 1971, USA), Luther Simmons Jnr. (b. 9 September 1942, New York, USA) and Tony Silvester (b. 7 October 1941, Panama, d. 26 November 2006, USA). One of several groups using the name the Poets, the trio decided to become the Main Ingredient and signed with producer Bert DeCoteaux, whose lush arrangements provided the requisite foil for their excellent harmonies. This skill was particularly apparent on such early releases as Im So Proud (1970), Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love) and Black Seeds Keep On Growing (both 1971). McPherson died from leukaemia in 1971 and, ironically, it was his replacement, Cuba Gooding, who sang on the million-selling US Top 5 hit, Everybody Plays The Fool.
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