Billy Scott (singer)

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Billy Scott
Birth namePeter Pendleton
Born(1942-10-07)October 7, 1942
Huntington, West Virginia, United States
DiedNovember 17, 2012(2012-11-17) (aged 70)
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
LabelsNorth Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Billy Scott (October 5, 1942 – November 17, 2012)[1] was an American R&B singer, who was lead vocalist for the group The Prophets, later known as "The Georgia Prophets", and eventually "Billy Scott & The Party Prophets".[2] He was known for Beach music hits such as "I Got the Fever" and "California".

Early life[edit]

Billy Scott was born in 1942 as Peter Pendleton in Huntington, West Virginia.

In 1995 Billy and DJ Curtiss Carpenter formed the CAMMYS (Carolina Magical Music years) which today is known as the Carolina Beach Music Awards. The first in 1995 was held at the then Holiday Inn in Salisbury, NC; the next two years were in Charlotte before it moved to its permanent home in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Before forming The Prophets in 1965, he sang with various groups while in the Army, and after he was discharged in 1964 took the stage name "Billy Scott".

In 1968, he gained his first gold record for the song "I Got the Fever".

In the 1970s, he and his band recorded a number of songs in the beach music genre, a regional variant of R&B. Scott was a regular guest on the Jerry Peeler Beach Show on WANS radio in Anderson, SC.

Later life and death[edit]

In 2006, Billy Scott released his final album and on Saturday November 17, 2012, he died of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-11. Retrieved 2014-10-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "R&B singer Billy Scott of The Prophets dies in Charlotte at age 70, recorded 1960s, 70s hits". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2012-11-19.

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