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Jerry Lee Lewis Band Member B.B. Cunningham Shot Dead In Memphis: R.I.P.

B.B. Cunningham Photo by CLAUDE JONES

B.B. Cunningham Photo by CLAUDE JONES

We here at Clizbeats wanted to take a moment to pay our respects to accomplished musician, B.B. Cunningham.  Reports filed by WMCTV announced to the world yesterday, that  the well known 70 year old bass player was found shot dead in his home town of Memphis Tennessee.   Cunningham was remembered by many in the music community as a supporting band member of Rock and Roll pioneer, Jerry Lee Lewis.  Cunningham later went on to work as chief engineer at Independent Recorders.  While there, he experienced the hi lights of working along side music legends like Billy Joel, Elton John, Lou Rawls and more.

In the twilight of his career, Cunningham moved back from Los Angeles to his home town of Memphis where he recorded his own album, Hangin’ In, and took  up the night job of being a security guard  for an apartment complex.  Reports indicate that working security would unfortunately lead to the shooting that caused his death.  Police told Memphis’ Commercial Appeal that Cunningham heard a gunshot come from a neighboring complex, and went to investigate. Later, witnesses reported hearing multiple gun shots before Cunningham was discovered dead at the scene, next to an unidentified 16-year-old male.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during what must be a very hard time.  May you rest in peace Mr. Cunningham.  Thank you for the music.