BBCunningham.comB.B. Cunningham Jr., a longtime Memphis musician and a member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, was killed in a shootout early Sunday morning at an apartment complex near where he worked as a security guard in southeast Memphis, police tell The Commercial Appeal.
Authorities say the 70-year-old Cunningham heard shots at the apartment complex and went to investigate. When officers arrived on the scene around 2 a.m., both Cunningham and an unidentified 16-year-old boy were found dead from gunshot wounds.
Cunningham’s brother Bill, a founding member of the Box Tops, confirmed to the newspaper that B.B. had been killed.
B.B. Cunningham played keyboards and sang vocals for The Hombres, which had a hit in 1967 with "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" He also spent time in Los Angeles in the 1970s as chief engineer at Independent Recorders where he worked with Billy Joel and Elton John.
Cunningham had been a member of the Jerry Lee Lewis touring band since 1997.
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