SWEET SOUL MUSIC OF THE 70’S:” EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL”-THE MAIN INGREDIENT

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Sweet Soul Music Of The 70’s- “Everybody Plays The Fool”- The Main Ingredient. The Main Ingredient got their name from a Coke bottle. The first Top 40 hit by The Main Ingredient and as it turns out it would be their biggest hit. It reached #3 on the Billboard Pop chart and #2 on the R&B chart. The Main Ingredient were an R&B vocal trio from Harlem. One of the group members by the time they had this hit in 1972 was Cuba Gooding whose son Cuba Gooding Jr would go on to a prominent career in the movies- he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jerry McGuire. “Show Me The Money.” Gooding Sr was the most successful lead singer for The Main Ingredient. He had replaced  Don McPherson who had died of leukemia in 1971. The Main Ingredient would have ten Hot 100 singles with three making the Top 40- the other big hit they had was #10 “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” 1974. “Everybody Plays The Fool” was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Song at the 1973 awards.

“Everybody Plays The Fool” was written by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark and Ken Williams.

Okay, so your heart is broken
You sit around mopin’
Cryin’ and cryin’
You say you’re even thinkin’ about dyin’
Well, before you do anything rash, dig this
Everybody plays the fool sometime
There’s no exception to the rule
Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
I ain’t lyin’, everybody plays the fool
Falling in love is such an easy thing to do
And there’s no guarantee that the one you love
Is gonna love you
Oh-oh-oh, lovin’ eyes they cannot see
A certain person could never be
Love runs deeper than any ocean
You can cloud your mind with emotion
Everybody plays the fool, sometime
There’s no exception to the rule
Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
I want to tell ya that
Everybody plays the fool
How can you help it when the music starts to play
And your ability to reason is swept away
Oh-oh-oh, heaven on earth is all you see
You’re out of touch with reality
And now you cry but when you do
Next time around someone cries for you
Everybody plays the fool, sometime
They use your heart like a tool
Listen, baby, they never tell you so in school
I want to say it again
Everybody plays the fool
Listen to me, baby
Everybody plays the fool, sometime
(No exception) no exception to the rule
It may be factual, may be cruel, sometime
But everybody plays the fool
Listen, listen, baby
Everybody plays the fool, sometime
They use your heart like a tool