Beach music pioneer will perform in Aiken

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One of the legendary singers of beach music, Billy Scott, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill Estate, 221 Greenville St. N.W., in Aiken.

Mr. Scott, a native of Huntington, W.Va., was a platoon sergeant at Fort Gordon in the early 1960s when he met and married Augustan Barbara Goudy. They began singing together and joined a new band called The Prophets.

In 1969, the band became the Georgia Prophets. Other Prophets were Walter Stanley, Janet Helm, Jimmy Campbell, Fred Williamson and Tommy Witcher. They signed with Atlantic Records and were known for hits including Don't You Think It's Time, I Got the Fever, For the First Time, Every Day I Have to Cry Some and Come and Get My Love .

In 1997, the Georgia Prophets were inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Awards (Cammys), and more recently were profiled in Greg Haynes' definitive encyclopedia, The Heeey Baby Days of Beach Music .

Mr. Scott left Augusta in 1978 when his marriage was breaking up. Their daughter, Sonia D'Antignac, lives in Hephzibah. Barbara Goudy Scott Pendleton died in Augusta on March 3.

PASSING OF PAUL: I can't let the recent death of novelist and columnist Paul Hemphill pass without comment. Mr. Hemphill died on July 11 at age 73. Our paths first crossed in the summer of 1966 when I was a newsroom intern at The Atlanta Journal .

He had been writing for The Atlanta Times and when that upstart daily folded that summer, Mr. Hemphill joined the Journal, with his desk being up against mine.

Since those were the days before voice mail and e-mail, we would leave each other notes about phone messages.

Shortly after I started this column in Savannah, Ga., in October of 1970, Mr. Hemphill came out with his insightful book, The Nashville Sound: Bright Lights and Country Music .

There was only one other serious look at country music in those days, and that was Bill Malone's Country Music U.S.A. , published in 1968, which became my own bible for writing this column.

Mr. Hemphill and I kept in touch, but it was only recently that I learned he had worked for The Augusta Chronicle in the mid-1960s.

He was back in Augusta in 2005 to autograph copies of his biography, Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams . I picked him up at the Partridge Inn and, since he loved baseball, gave him my Ty Cobb tour of Augusta. He told me stories about meeting Mr. Cobb and about his days in Augusta in general.

Mr. Hemphill was a warm and friendly guy who did a lot to make country music look special and respectable. He will be missed.

SINGING FOR THE SOWER: They finally buried the Rev. Michael Guido (Seeds From the Sower ) at Lake Cemetery in Metter, Ga., in a brief ceremony at 7 a.m. July 18. Augustan Archie Jordan, writer of many No. 1 country songs, played his guitar and sang a selection. The evangelist died Feb. 21 at the age of 94.

Don Rhodes has written about country music for 38 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at don.rhodes@morris.com.

IN CONCERT

WHO: Billy Scott and the Party Prophets

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Rose Hill Estate, 221 Greenville St. N.W., Aiken

COST: $27, buffet dinner available for $12.95

LEARN MORE: See Web site rosehillestate.com, or call (803) 648-1181


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