"I never played with Fats but we became friends back stage at this concert. It was during my tenure with the group ONE STEP BEYOND. He was from New Orleans. I was performing in that area at the time." 

Left to right--Phil Wilkinson, his mother Margaret, niece Kristin Davidson and David Allen Coe. Phil put together an original act called One Step Beyond which was actually a rock band but they converted to lean towards country as he was very versatile and opened for David Allen Coe. Wendell Adkins and his band also performed with us.

Phil Wilkinson

This was at Ardent Recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Phil recorded his album ROCK AND ROLL with B.B. Cunningham on Bass, Jerry Peters on the Grand Piano and Chris Pederson on Drums. Phill did all guitar and vocal work as well as some piano over dubs with B.B. and some percussion. But the album was not completed in Memphis. "There was a lot of work ahead in many studios such as: Sounds of Memphis, Sound Recorders in Kansas City. The Record Plant in Hollywood. But before going on to finally fisnish the album at the Record Plant." Phil would work the Memphis circuit with B.B. Cunningham and a clique of great musicians. "I played with a lot of great musicians in Memphis, but B.B. was the one who really broke me into the professional recording and live scene in Memphis. Most of the people I met and worked with was through him!"

"This was in 1968, when I was a kid and B.B. put together The Hombres. I would come to know him later down the stretch of course! He had three hits in the top ten, but the big one was LET IT ALL HANG OUT. It went all the way to number 1 in the charts and stayed for three weeks straight when all the other songs in the top ten at the time were--The Beatles, wouldn't you know... He showed me the charts and we laughed... The Hombres were the only American band that got into the top ten but then went on to knock the Beatles out of the number 1 spot. You wouldn't believe the story about how that song became a number 1 hit. " Phil vowed to tell that story later on in this bio. "But this is more of what B.B. looked like when he recorded on my album and we did work together...the first pic in this vidoe:

This is what he looked like when I met him

B.B.Cunningham Jr.

This is a more recent picture of B.B. I am deeply saddened by his passing. And I will never forget him. One of the best musicians I've had the pleasure of performing with both live and studio recordings. A humanitarian at heart and a great over all person!