Billy Scott, born Peter Pendleton, dies of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The former Party Prophets lead singer was born in Huntington, West Virgina in 1942.
The Party Prophets, also known as The Prophets, posted this message to their website:
“It is with great sadness to inform you all that Billy Scott passed away this morning November 17 at 10:30 after his battle with pancreatic cancer,” the message said. “Thanks for all the cards, letters, thoughts, prayers, and financial support. Also thanks to everyone involved in planning upcoming numerous Billy Scott Fundraisers in North and South Carolina to help Gail, his wife with medical expenses.”
While Scott was in the Army, he sang with various groups. Then in 1964 when he was discharged, he changed his name to Billy Scott and began recording as The Prophets in 1966.
By 1968, they had their first gold record, with “I Got the Fever.” The groups other hits included “California” and “Seaside Love” as the Georgia Prophets.
In 1999, Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. On Sunday, the organization left a tribute message to him on their Facebook page:
“The NC Music Hall of Fame’s Board and staff members extend their deepest condolences to Gail Scott and family and to the many thousands of loyal fans, upon the passing of their beloved one, Billy Scott,” it said. “Billy was among the original inductees in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, a valued member of its Board and a dedicated, supporting friend of the Hall of Fame. The music in Heaven surely sounded better the day that Billy joined the Heavenly band!”