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1960s, ’70s hit R&B singer Billy Scott, 70, dies in N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott has died in North Carolina. He was 70.

Bill Kopald with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame said Mr. Scott died of pancreatic and liver cancer Saturday at his home in Charlotte.

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Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., he sang with various groups while in the US Army. ­After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name and, with his wife Barbara, in 1966 began record­ing as The Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968’s ‘‘I Got the Fever.’’ Other hits included ­‘‘California’’ and ‘‘Seaside Love’’ as the Georgia Prophets.

The group recorded a number of hits in the 1970s in the beach music genre, a regional variant of R&B.

Mr. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

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