DarielB – Flying Under the Radar

Givin’ Billy Scott Some Love

Posted in Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on March 29, 2010
Billy Scott (photo Willie C)

Billy Scott (Photo Willie C)

Veteran beach music performer Billy Scott has had a tough couple of years. First off, in 2008, he comes down with hepatitis B. Then he’s diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. To complicate matters further he already had a problem with ulcerated colitis. That’s like a triple whammy.

“All three together kind of jumped on me with both feet,” he told me earlier this week in a  telephone interview. “I was in the hospital for over a week. The doctors had to make sure the came up with the right combinations of meds. It wasn’t easy.

“But I survived. I didn’t realize how sick I’d been, how bad I looked until friends told me later they didn’t think they’d see me again. All the prayers and wel wishes came from ten thousands of fans. It was something. I remember standing on a stage in Greensboro, N.C. and I heard God saying, ‘Here is your strength back and I was singin’ and dancin’ .  I had my strength back!

“But then last summer, mid-summer, my stamina wasn’t there. I started getting hoarse. I blamed it on pollen, allergies. In Oct. we had a show to do and I just couldn’t do it. I ended up going to an ear, nose & throat doctor.

“‘Yep. You got a growth down there on your vocal chord. Looks like cancer to me.’

“So I went to the specialist.

“‘ Yep. You got a growth down there. Looks like cancer. Come back on the 19th; we’ll do a biopsy.

“‘ Yep. It’s cancer.’

“ ‘ Okay, I said, ‘What we gonna do?’”

The doc gave him two options: cut out the cancer and spend the rest of his life whispering or go through radiation.

Radiation it was.

On Dec. 9, 2009, Billy Scott began five days a week of radiation for six weeks. He endured a burn on his neck that took another two or three weeks to heal. Mind you, he hasn’t worked for months at this point.

The good news is he’s getting his strength back, he’s feeling good and the doctors are optimistic about his future. But he still hasn’t worked.

So his good friends have figured a way to help out: the first annual Easter Charity Beach Blast at Ducks Beach Club, starting at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. It includes some great live music, some terrific BBQ and best of all, everything goes to Billy Scott. In fact, make your checks directly to Billy Scott.

At press time, confirmed performers included the Embers, the Clovers, Bo Schronce, Calabash Flash, Donny and Susan Trexler, Paul Craver, Dave Freeman, Ceasar, Tommy Black, Tim Clark, Gary Brown, J.D. Cash, Clay Brown, Mark Roberts, Terri Gore, Coco Loco, CraigWoolard, Sea-Cruz, and the Prophets Band.

Other artists who may be able to add their talents to the show are Maurice Williams, Big John Thompson and daughter Julie, Too Much Sylvia, Showmen and Danny Woods and Ken Knox from General Johnson and Chairmen of the Board.

Billy Scott has been giving his time and talent to the beach music industry for the past four decades. As chair of Beach Music Association International (BMAI) he has worked tirelessly to promote the R&B music that has become such an integral part of the Carolinas. He was named Entertainer of the Year at the 1982 Carolina Beach Music Awards and has been inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame (1985), the Carolina Beach music Hall of Fame (1997), the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (1999), The R &B/Beach Music Hall of Fame  (2000), the North Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame (2003), the Original Beach Boy Hall of Fame (2006) . . . the list goes on.

My point is, Billy’s been working for beach music for over 40 years. Maybe beach music fans could return the favor now.

For more information about the event, call Ducks at 843-663-3858. If you want to make a donation, send a check!

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