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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Disco Inferno Singer Jimmy Ellis, Dies, 74 [Video]

Inferno-lly popular: Jimmy Ellis, here showing off his gold record for Disco Inferno, has died at the age of 74
The singer of the wildly popular 1970s song Disco Inferno has died.

Jimmy Ellis, who sang the classic with his band The Trammps, died at the age of 74 due to complications linked to Alzheimer's disease.

Disco Inferno was a 1976 Grammy award-winning hit for the funky group, which he founded in Philadelphia with his friends.

It was a massive success in both the US and the UK, and was catapulted to even greater heights of popularity when it was featured in the classic disco dancing film Saturday Night Fever.

The song is driven by it's catchy bass riff and Jimmy's deep and smoky vocals, which reach a crescendo during the 'burn baby burn' chorus.

And while they also had success with tunes such as Hold Back the Night and That's Where the Happy People Go, they were best remembered due to their signature track.

The Tramps continued to be a popular concert draw, and Ellis toured with them until 2008.
He died in a nursing home in South Carolina due to complications caused by dementia, according to his family.

The band had a constantly changing line-up, but the original members played together when Disco Inferno was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Stars such as Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper covered their signature hit, while Graham Parker's cover of Hold Back The Night was also a hit in the US and UK.

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