Musician in Jerry Lee Lewis' band killed in Memphis shooting

12:07 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
Bassist B.B. Cunningham was shot to death at an East Memphis apartment complex where he was working as a security guard on Oct. 14, 2012. (WMC-TV)
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MEMPHIS -- A member of music legend Jerry Lee Lewis' band was shot and killed in a Memphis shootout on Sunday morning, police told An unidentified 16-year-old was killed at the same time.

B.B. Cunningham, 70, was moonlighting as a security guard at an apartment complex when he heard a shot and went to investigate, police told The Commercial Appeal newspaper. Both Cunningham and the teen were dead by the time police arrived on the scene.

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"I don't know much about him but he was always nice to me we always talked a lot and sometimes he helped me out when I was having trouble with my vehicle," apartment complex resident Judy Baladez told about Cunningham.

Cunningham most recently toured with Sweden's The Cadillac Band in July.

He was a member of the Memphis group "The Hombres" in the mid-1960s and co-wrote the group's hit song in 1967, "Let It Out, Let it All Hang Out." He joined Lewis' band in 1997.

(NBC News)

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