Musician B.B. Cunningham, a longtime member of Jerry Lee Lewis’ band, was killed in a shooting Sunday (Oct. 14) in Memphis, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Police officers say the 70-year-old Cunningham, who was working as a security guard, heard a shot in an apartment and went to investigate. By the time police arrived, both Cunningham and a 16-year-old boy were found dead from gunshot wounds. Police do not yet know exactly what happened.
Byny Garcia, who lives in the apartment complex, tells the Commercial Appeal, “I liked [Cunningham]. We have a good memory of him. He’d take care of the old people and the Spanish kids. He was a good person. We don’t feel good at this moment.”
Born Blake Baker Cunningham Jr., B.B. came from a musica family. His father was a crooner who recorded music under the name Buddy Blake and his brother Bill was a founding member of 1960s group The Box Tops.
B.B. was a member of the group Ronnie and the Daytonas (“G.T.O.”) in the 1960s, and has been a member of Jerry Lee Lewis’ band (“Great Balls of Fire”) since 1997.