Cuba Gooding Sr. was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingre.nt . Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer and father to the Oscar winner, was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley TMZ has learned.. CNN Cuba Gooding Sr., soul singer and father to actor Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead in a car, according to police and the Los Angeles County . Cuba Gooding, Sr., a soul singer and actor’s father, was found dead Thursday, according to authorities. He was . The Main Ingre.nt lead singer was .