R&B singer Billy Scott dead at 70
Rhythm and blues crooner Billy Scott who scored major hits in the late 60s and early 70s, including “I Got the Fever” died in Charlotte, N.C., at age 70.
Officials with the North Carolina Hall of Fame told the media in a statement that Scott succumbed to pancreatic and liver cancer at his Charlotte home.
Scott was born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va. He began his singing career in the military and, in 1964, was discharged and changed his name. Along with his wife, Barbara. he formed the group The Prophets.
The Prophets scored their first hit “I Got the Fever” in 1968 and also went deep into the Billboard charts with “California,” and “Seaside Love” with the group The Georgia Prophets.
The group recorded a number of hits in the 1970s in the beach music genre, a regional variant of R&B, according to the Associated Press. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.