The Main Ingredient is an American soul and R&B group formed in Harlem, New York City in 1964 as a trio called the Poets, composed of lead singer Donald McPherson, Luther Simmons, Jr., and Panama-born Tony Silvester. They made their first recordings for Leiber & Stoller’s Red Bird label, but soon changed their name to the Insiders and signed with RCA Records. In 1968, after a couple of singles, they changed their name once again, this time permanently, to The Main Ingredient. The name came from a Coke bottle.
They then teamed up with record producer/arranger Bert DeCoteaux. Under his direction, the Main Ingredient reached the R&B Top 30 for the first time in 1970 with “You’ve Been My Inspiration”. A cover of The Impressions’ “I’m So Proud” broke the Top 20, and “Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)” went into the Top 10. In 1971, they scored again, with the McPherson-penned black-power anthem “Black Seeds Keep on Growing,” but tragedy struck that year. Don McPherson, who had been suddenly taken ill with leukemia, died unexpectedly. Stunned, Tony Silvester and Luther Simmons re-grouped with new lead singer Cuba Gooding, Sr., who had served as a backing vocalist on some of their previous recordings and had filled in on tour during McPherson’s brief illness.
Today on Sounds of The 70s: Cat Stevens, Bette Midler, Manu Dibango, Tommy James, Bad Company, Main Ingredient, David Cassidy, Lake, Warren Zevon, and more . .
This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we’ll have: Bruno Mars, the Independents, the Marvelettes, the Meters, the Clovers, the Cleftones, Jackie Wilson, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Isley Brothers, the Dells, Eugene Pitt, Tower Of Power, John Legend-Jamie Foxx-Nick Jonas & Seal; live in concert at The White House and more. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. A reminder: next Saturday will be our annual Christmas Show. Coming up later on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” on tap will be: Run D.M.C., GQ, Earth, Wind & Fire, Main Ingredient, Ashford & Simpson, the Sugarhill Gang, Michael Jackson, Ann Peebles, the Average White Band, Weird Al Yankovic and several others. “G.S.P. 2” begins at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. It’s all good, and I think you’ll have a wonderful time. Check us out later for the music and the fun on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I’ve got some nice songs for you this evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” You’ll hear: Sylvester, Heatwave, the Bar-Kays, Gene Chandler, the Impressions, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Bloodstone, Phil Collins & Phillip Bailey, Main Ingredient and others. Check us out at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” just for you this “Hump Day” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I hope to see you later this evening for “Great Soul Performances,” when I’ll be playing music from: Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, the Dells, the Jackson Five, Teddy Pendergrass, Main Ingredient, the Staple Singers, the Heartbeats, David Ruffin, Joe Simon, Dinah Washington, the Presidents, Laura Nyro; live in concert at the Bottom Line in NYC, and others. It gets underway at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. It should be a lot of fun, so join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Well, it’s the last Saturday in March and time for “Great Soul Performances.” On the broadcast this evening we’ll feature Sly & the Family Stone, the Mad Lads, Joe Bataan, Jeff Floyd, the Flamingos, the Whispers, Aretha Franklin, the Delfonics, Main Ingredient, the Dells, Eddie Floyd, Ike & Tina Turner, Graham Central Station; live in concert and a whole lot more. It kicks of (following an encore of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s at 5PM) at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. If you miss it you can catch the encore performances on Monday at 10PM or Wednesday at 12Noon. All times are eastern daylight saving time. So join me later for musical fun and exploration, as we get it on only on RadioMaxMusic.com.