Legendary R&B singer Billy Scott dies at age 70

Billy Scott, the legendary R&B singer who first made waves in the 1960s but continued later as a purveyor of Carolina Beach Music, has died at age 70 of pancreatic cancer.

Scott performed with the group The Prophets (also called the Georgia Prophets) in the 60s and scored a gold record in 1968 with "I Got The Fever" and later "Seaside Love."

Billy Scott, the legendary R&B singer who first made waves in the 1960s but continued later as a purveyor of Carolina Beach Music, has died at age 70 of pancreatic cancer.

Scott performed with the group The Prophets (also called the Georgia Prophets) in the 60s and scored a gold record in 1968 with "I Got The Fever" and later "Seaside Love."

As the popularity of the Prophets waned in the 70s, Scott became known around the Carolinas for his role in the fun party music known regionally at "Beach Music." He was inducted into the North Carolina Hall Of Fame in 1999 and  helped create the Carolinas' Magic Music Years awards show. The CAMMYs, as they were called, paid tribute to authentic genres doo wop, soul, R&B and funk acts from the East Coast, such as Bill Pinkney & The Original Drifters, Clifford Curry, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, General Johnson & The Chairmen  Of The Board, Don Covay and Brook Benton. He will be missed.

 

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