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Beach Music legend Billy Scott has died

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KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) -

Billy Scott, 70, a longtime beach music singer and frequent guest at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis, died Saturday morning at home.

Scott's friend, Harry Turner, said he died from pancreatic cancer.

Scott performed with the group Billy Scott and the Party Prophets at venues across the Carolinas and the Grand Strand.

Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., he sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name and with his wife Barbara in 1966 began recording as The Prophets

He began his music career in the 1960's with the group the Georgia Prophets. He's best known for the hits "I've Got the Fever," "California," and "My Kind of Girl."

The group recorded a number of hits in the 1970s in the beach music genre, a regional variant of R&B. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Scott also recently appeared with John Carter and Christine Nelson when the show "Carolina Camera" was filmed at the Hall of Fame.

Scott served as Chairman of the Beach Music Association International. Harry Turner is the President of the organization. Scott lived in Charlotte, N.C.

Funeral arrangements have not been released. A benefit was held Sunday at Duck's in North Myrtle Beach.

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