Singer Billy Scott Dies

Singer Billy Scott, best known as a member of the R&B group The Prophets, died this weekend at the age of 70, following a short battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. Scott was a North Carolina legend, and was scheduled to play at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame last month before pulling out at the last minute, complaining of stomach pain. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly thereafter.

Scott was born in West Virginia and began recording in the 1960s after his discharge from the Army. Scott was known for his distinct “beach” sound, a musical genre somewhat native to North Carolina. His sound is evident in songs like “I Got The Fever” and “California.” He leaves behind a wife, Gail.