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Formed in 1966, The Hombres comprised Jerry Lee Masters, (Leader and bass player), Gary Wayne McEwen on guitar, B. B. Cunningham, Jr. (died October 14, 2012; brother of Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops) on lead vocals and electric organ, and John Will Hunter (died February 1976) on drums. Written by Masters, Hunter, McEwen and Cunningham and released on Verve Forecast, "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" hit No. 12 in 1967 and was revived on the soundtrack of the 2005 Cameron Crowe film, Elizabethtown. It has also been used in a U.S. advertising campaign for Foster's Lager and included on the compilation album Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. An alternate version of the song by the disc jockey Barney Pip was included on the Pebbles Volume 7 CD. The song was also covered by Jonathan King in 1969, and appeared on his 1989 compilation album, The Butterfly That Stamped. Yet another version was recorded by The Nails in the mid 1980s. The song appears as a hidden track on John Mellencamp's 1989 album Big Daddy.
The song's spoken intro – "I preach my dear friends, you are about to receive on John Barleycorn, nicotine and the temptations of Eve" – dates to the 1947 novelty recording "Cigareetes, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women" by Red Ingle and His Natural Seven.
- 1967: "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" (Cunningham; Masters, Hunter, McEwen), Verve Forecast 5058 - No. 12 Billboard Hot 100
Death of John Will Hunter
Hunter died of a self-inflicted gun wound in February 1976.
Death of B. B. Cunningham, Jr.
- "Jonathan King Discography". J_withers.tripod.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
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- Callahan, Jody (2012-12-13). "Memphis musician B.B. Cunningham killed in shooting incident". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
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