The Hombres

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The Hombres
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Garage rock
Years active 1966-1969
Labels Verve Forecast
Past members Jerry Masters
Gary McEwen
B.B. Cunningham Jr. (deceased)
John Hunter (deceased)

The Hombres were an American garage rock band from Memphis, Tennessee, best known for the 1967 single "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)".

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 electronic 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. On WLS The Box Tops' "The Letter" and The Hombres' "Let It Out" were 1-2 on 20–27 October 1967.[1]

"Let It Hang Out" 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,[2] 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 – "A preachment, dear friends, you are about to receive on John Barleycorn, nicotine and the temptations of Eve" – dates to the 1947 novelty recording "Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women" by Red Ingle and His Natural Seven.[3]

Hunter died of a self-inflicted gun wound in February 1976.[4]

B. B. Cunningham, Jr. was shot and killed on October 14, 2012, while employed as a security guard in Memphis, Tennessee.[5]



  • Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) (1968) Verve Forecast – FTS-3036 Recorded in February and August 1967

Track listing

  1. "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" (B. B. Cunningham, Jr.) - 2:05
  2. "Little 2 + 2" (Cunningham, Jerry Lee Masters, John Will Hunter, Gary Wayne McEwen) - 1:40
  3. "So Sad" (Don Everly) - 3:47
  4. "Gloria" (Van Morrison) - 5:43
  5. "Am I High" (Cunningham, Masters, Hunter, McEwen) - 2:49
  6. "Mau Mau Mau" (Cunningham, Masters, Hunter, McEwen) - 2:15
  7. "This Little Girl" (Cunningham, Masters, Hunter, McEwen) - 1:58
  8. "Sorry 'Bout That" (McEwen, Stanley Kessler) - 2:15
  9. "Ya Ya" (Clarence Lewis, Lee Dorsey, Morgan Robinson) - 3:11
  10. "Hey Little Girl" (Cunningham, Masters, Hunter, McEwen) - 1:46
  11. "It's a Gas" (Cunningham, Masters, Hunter, McEwen) - 1:56

Technical staff


  • 1967: "Let It All Hang Out" / "Go Girl, Go" – (Cunningham; Masters, Hunter, McEwen), Verve Forecast KF 5058 – #12 US,[6] #16 AUS.
  • 1967: "It's a Gas" / "Am I High" – Verve Forecast KF 5076
  • 1968: "The Prodigal" / "Mau Mau Mau" – Verve Forecast KF 5083
  • 1968: "Take My Overwhelming Love (and Cram It Up Your Heart)" / "Pumkin Man" – Verve Forecast KF 5093
  • 1969: "If This Ain't Loving You Baby (It'll Have to Do Till I Get Some Sleep)" / "You Made Me What I Am" – Sun 1104


  1. ^ "WLS Silver Dollar Survey". Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan King Discography". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ ""Cigareets, Whuskey, & Wild, Wild Women"-Red Ingle". YouTube. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  4. ^ "John Hunter | Biography | MusicMinder, the Premier Entertainers Directory". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  5. ^ Callahan, Jody (2012-12-13). "Memphis musician B.B. Cunningham killed in shooting incident". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Universal Music Canada | Home". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 

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