Obit of the Day: Setting the Disco World On Fire
The Trammps released the song, “Disco Inferno,” in 1976 it did well. It reached #46 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. and #16 in the United Kingdom. It was a classic disco. The producers of Saturday Night Fever thought so, as well, and included it on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the 1977 film starring John Travolta. With the re-release of the song, “Disco Inferno” peaked at #11 on the Billboard charts in the United States. (Interestingly the re-release didn’t do as well across the Atlantic, where it peaked at #46 - but, hey, they enjoyed it the first time around.)
Jimmy Ellis, who sang backup vocals for the group (“Burn, baby, burn!”), died at the age of 74 in a nursing home in North Carolina. The Trammps started performing together in 1972 and had their first hit, “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” that same year. The original group - Ellis, Norman Harris, Early Young, and Stanley Wade - would stay together until 1980. (Other members joined and left the group during that period.) The did not perform together again until 2005 at their induction in to the Dance Music Hall of Fame.
Additional source: wikipedia.org
(“Disco Inferno” is copyright 2007, Goldenlane Records)