The Main Ingredient ‎– Everybody Plays The Fool

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"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 #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1972 and was certified gold by the RIAA. This version also peaked at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and at #25 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. It was the group's highest charting hit single.

Tracklist

Everybody Plays The Fool 3:22
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) 4:48

Versions (20)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 US 1972 Sell This Version
3-10784 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool (Todos Hacen El Tonto)(7", Single) RCA Victor 3-10784 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731, 74 - 0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool (Tutti Fanno Gli Stupidi) / Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)(7", Single) RCA Victor, RCA Victor 74-0731, 74 - 0731 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool / Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)(7", Single, Promo) RCA Victor 74-0731 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731, SP-45-335, SPS-45-335 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Promo) RCA, RCA, RCA 74-0731, SP-45-335, SPS-45-335 US 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 Panama 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 US 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 US 1972 Sell This Version
102166 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single) RCA Victor 102166 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
RCA 2270 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single, 4 P) RCA Victor RCA 2270 UK 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single, Promo) RCA Victor 74-0731 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
RCA 2270 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single, Promo) RCA Victor RCA 2270 UK 1972 Sell This Version
RCA 2270 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single, RP, 4 P) RCA Victor RCA 2270 UK 1972 Sell This Version
42-375, 74-0731 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single, Sol) RCA Victor, RCA Victor 42-375, 74-0731 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
RCA 2270 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single, Sol) RCA Victor RCA 2270 UK 1972 Sell This Version
3-10784 The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool(7", Single, W/Lbl, Promo) RCA Victor 3-10784 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
74-0731 The Main Ingredient Todo El Mundo Hace El Loco (Alguna Vez)(7", Single) RCA Victor 74-0731 Chile 1972 Sell This Version

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