B.B. Cunningham, a longtime keyboardist and backup singer for Jerry Lee Lewis as well as leader of his own band the Hombres, was gunned down early Sunday morning in Memphis. He was 70. Henry White, a 16-year-old boy, was also killed.
Cunningham co-wrote the 1967 hit Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) for the Hombres and toured more recently with Lewis. The performer also had another job: He was a uniformed security guard in Memphis.
He had been working at an apartment complex in the southeast part of the city when he heard a gunshot in the neighboring Cherry Crest Apartments around 2 a.m. and went to check it out.
Also an engineer and producer, B.B. worked in L.A. in the ’70s with artists like Elton, Billy Joel and Lou Rawls.
The musician, who released a solo album, Hangin’ In, in 2003, is survived by his son, Joseph Cunningham, and a brother, syndicated radio host and conservative commentator Bill Cunningham.
Police identified the 22-year-old gunman as Dock Britt. He fled the scene but was later was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Cunningham’s death. Investigators are still trying to determine who shot White.