billy scott dies rhythm and blues prophets north carolina music hall of fame Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott dies at 70

A major R&B star of the 1960s and 1970s, Billy Scott has died at the age of 70. Bill Kopald from the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (into which Scott was inducted in 1999) announced that Scott had died of pancreatic and liver cancer on Saturday (Nov. 17).

Born as Peter Pendleton in West Virginia, Scott began his singing career while performing with several musical groups during his time in the Army. Upon his 1964 discharge, he began performing with his wife, Barbara, as The Prophets. The duo scored their first gold record in 1968 with “I Got the Fever.” 

Evolving over time into The Georgia Prophets, Billy Scott and his bandmates continued to score hits with “California” and “Seaside Love.” They continued to record new music throughout the 1970s.

Not familiar with the music of Billy Scott? Check out this live performance of “I Got the Fever” from March of 2012.

Posted by:Laurel Brown