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Let it All Hang Out
B.B. Cunningham Jr. shot dead!
then i found marc campbell's dangerousminds post. it made me throw up a little.
The Memphis Legend B.B. Cunningham sings his 1967 #12 hit by The Hombres "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" at Nocturnal in Memphis, August 22, 2009.
B.B. Cunningham shot dead
Memphis,TN: Jerry Lee Lewis bass player B.B. Cunningham shot dead (October 14) while working as a security guard
Cunningham died over the weekend in Memphis. He had been working as a security guard in an apartment complex.
According to the Commercial Appeal, early Sunday morning (October 14) around 2:00 a.m., Cunningham heard a gunshot at the neighboring Cherry Crest apartments and went to investigate.
When officers arrived later, a 16-year-old boy and the 70-year-old Cunningham lay dead from gunshot wounds.
Screw the Beach Boys. Chuck Berry ripoff kings that they were. The surf music song I liked as a kid was “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen. I never really thought much about it, but songs about cars quickly became more interesting. Jan and Dean had that covered. Their amazingly creative “Bucket T” got covered by The Who with a fabulous John Entwistle horn chart. Then there was “Little G.T.O.” by Ronny and the Daytonas. “Little G.T.O,” that was the shit! “Wah wah…. wah wah wah wah wah wah” over and over again, now you’re talking rock and roll.
Musician B.B. (Blake Baker) Cunningham Jr. was shot and killed Sunday in Memphis.
Cunningham was a member of Jerry Lee Lewis’s band, and the vocalist and keyboard player for 1960s rockers The Hombres.
The Hombres’s 1967 hit “Let It All Hang Out” has particular significance for me, because my band The Nails, covered it on our debut album, and it was released as our first single for RCA records.
I grew up with “Let It All Hang Out” and always loved its indelible hook and surreal lyrics. Written and sung by Cunningham, the tune clearly pokes fun at the music of Bob Dylan, and Cunningham’s sly vocals really makes it work.
His laid back drawl, with its southern twang delivers the Dylanesque lyrics with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheekiness to be funny, without being stupid.
Far better than your average novelty song, “Let It All Hang Out” has stood the test of time, endured and inspired guys like me to attempt to replicate its punk charm.
But nobody will ever nail it as well as B.B. Cunningham.Cunningham was shot while working as security guard at an apartment complex on Memphis’ southeast side.
He was 70 years old.
Posted by Marc Campbell