Jimmy Ellis, the lead singer of Philadelphi-based funk band The Trammps, which rose to fame with its top 10 hit “Disco Inferno,” is dead at the age of 74. Ellis passed away on Thursday (March 8) in South Carolina of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.
“Disco Inferno” was immortalized on the soundtrack of “Saturday Night Fever,” the John Travolta-fronted dance fest that helped to propel his own career into the stratosphere in 1977.
The Trammps reunited for a tour in 2010.
According to the New York Times, Ellis was born in 1937 in Rock Hill, S.C. He started out singing gospel music in church until he left for Philadelphia to sing with R&B groups. He’s survived by his wife, son, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.