B. B. Cunningham Jr. was lead singer of the Memphis rock band the Hombres. The band scored a hit for 13 weeks in 1967 with the song "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)."
From The Commercial Appeal:
Noted Memphis musician B.B. Cunningham Jr., a longtime member of Jerry Lee Lewis's band, was killed in a shooting early Sunday morning, according to police and a member of his family.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning at the Cherry Crest Apartments in Southeast Memphis. According to police, the 70-year-old Cunningham, a security guard in a neighboring apartment complex, heard a shot in the Cherry Crest Apartments and went to investigate. When police arrived at the complex at 1460 Cherry, both Cunningham and a 16-year-old boy were found dead from gunshot wounds.
Reached at his home in the Washington D.C. area, Cunningham's brother Bill, a founding member of '60s Memphis pop-soul band the Box Tops, could only verify that his brother had been shot and killed in the incident.
Sunday afternon, bloodstains and a latex glove left behind by police could be seen in the courtyard of the rundown apartment complex. READ MORE
Blake Baker Cunningham Jr. first gained attention in 1965, with Ronnie and the Daytonas (later known as the Hombres), and had been with rocker Lewis's band since 1997, reports the Associated Press.
The Hombres were a Memphis, Tennessee, band best known for the 1967 single "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)".
Formed in 1966, The Hombres comprised Gary Wayne McEwen on guitar, B.B. Cunningham, Jr. (died 14 October 2012; brother of Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops) on lead vocals and electric organ, Jerry Lee Masters on bass and John Will Hunter (died 1976) on drums.
Written by McEwen and Cunningham and released on Verve Forecast, "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" hit No. 12 in 1967 and was revived on the soundtrack of the 2005 Cameron Crowe film Elizabethtown. It has also been used in a U.S. advertising campaign for Foster's Lager and included on the compilation album Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era.
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