CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rhythm and blues and beach music singer Billy Scott has died in North Carolina at age 70.

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

Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., he began singing with various groups while in the Army. He was discharged in Augusta, Ga., in 1964. He changed his name and with his wife Barbara in 1966 began recording as The Prophets, with their first gold record in 1968, "I Got The Fever." Other hits included "California" and "Seaside Love" as the Georgia Prophets.

The group recorded a number of beach music hits in the 1970s. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999. .