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B.B. Cunningham Jr., a member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, killed in shootout

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(CBS News) Musician B.B. Cunningham Jr., a member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, was killed in a Memphis shootout early Sunday, police said.

Cunningham was working as a security guard at an apartment complex on Memphis' southeast side, when he heard a gunshot at the neighboring apartments and went to investigate around 2 a.m. police said, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Police didn't provide details, but they said when officers arrived, both the 70-year-old Cunningham and a 16-year-old boy were found dead from gunshot wounds.

Born Blake Baker Cunningham Jr., the keyboardist and singer established a national reputation in 1965 as a member of the touring version of Ronnie and the Daytonas, known for the song "G.T.O."

That band eventually became the Hombres, which scored a chart hit with "Let It All Hang Out" in 1967.

After the Hombres' career slowed, Cunningham went to work behind the scenes at the famed Sounds of Memphis Studios. In 1971, he moved to Los Angeles, where he served as chief engineer at Independent Recorders, working with the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, and Lou Rawls.

Cunningham ultimately returned to Memphis a few years later and launched his own studio.

He had been a member of Lewis' band since 1997. His solo album, "Hangin' In," was released in 2003.

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