Many fans of the 60s and 70’s blues band The Prophets mourn today as the news of talented singer Billy Scott’s passing spreads around. Scott contributed to the band’s “beach” sound, which was what The Prophets were mainly associated with.
Prior to Scott’s fame with The Prophets, he sang with many groups while serving in the U.S. Army. After his discharge in 1964, Scott started to perform various songs with his wife Barbara, and scored their first gold record together in 1968 with “I Got The Fever.”
Performing as “The Georgia Prophets” at this time, other well-known hits they produced were “California” and “Sea Side Love.”
On November 19th, it was reported by Bill Kopald (North Carolina Music Hall of Fame) that Billy Scott had passed away due to pancreatic and liver cancer on November 17th, 2012, at the age of 70. Many fans of Scott’s music have left their respects via Twitter:
RIP Billy Scott. My favourite singer.
I saw that Billy Scott of Beach music fame made his escape today. RIP
Our condolescences on the death of Billy Scott, who sang beautifully at the 2012 Carolina Cup… http://t.co/G9VlzrLV
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the legendary Billy Scott, who passed away yesterday… http://t.co/lvb3O7T9