Memphians react to death of B.B. Cunningham

Memphians React To The Death Of B.B. Cunningham

(WMC-TV) – While the circumstances surrounding B.B. Cunningham's death remain a mystery, those who knew him on Beale Street are paying tribute to the legacy he left behind.

Cunningham, a long time member of the Jerry Lee Lewis band, was a keyboardist and singer who was loved and respected by many.

Members from the band, FreeWorld, say they often worked alongside Cunningham and that he was a great friend and musician.

Richard Cushing knew Cunningham, and shared a common interest: playing bass guitar.

"He and I played bass.  He on occasion would show up at our gigs and was very generous and very kind and would always come talk to me because we're both bass players," said Cushing.

Colleagues say Cunningham also worked at the famed Sounds of Memphis Studios.

Throughout his career we're told Cunningham worked with a number of artists like Billy Joel, Elton John, and Lou Rawls.

"I've been knowing him for years," said Dr. Herman Green.  "I've known him since the 40's and 50's and he's also on my third CD I recorded.  He's playing bass on it."

Cunningham had been a member of Lewis' band since 1997.

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