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OTRC: 'Disco Inferno' singer Jimmy Ellis dies at age 74

Jimmy Ellis, known for the 1970s song 'Disco Inferno," died at age 74 on March 8, 2012. He passed away in Rock Hill, South Carolina from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his daughter, Erika Stinson, told The New York Times. Ellis recorded 'Disco Inferno" in 1976 with his group, The Trammps. The song was hit the No. 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 Single Chart on May 27, 1978 and was featured on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of the 1977 dance movie "Saturday Night Fever," a film that helped make John Travolta a star. "Disco Inferno," which contains the lyrics "Burn, baby burn," has been featured in many commercials and has been recorded by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner. Ellis served as the group's lead singer of The Trammps. The Philadelphia-based disco and soul band also released singles such as "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," a remake of a Judy Garland song, "Hold Back The Night" and "That's Where the Happy People Go" throughout the 1970s. The group performed on shows such as NBC's "Midnight Special." (pictured above) Ellis had toured with the group until 2010, The New York Times said, adding that he is survived by his wife, Beverly, a son, James III, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three brothers and a sister. "You get tired but you know what you gotta do," Ellis said on the Dutch television show "Top 2000 A Go Go" in 2005. "We ask to do these things so we do them. And I love it. It's better than just sitting at home. A memorial service for Ellis is set to take place on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, David Turner of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill told the Associated Press. (NBC)

Jimmy Ellis, known for the 1970s song "Disco Inferno," has died at age 74.

He passed away on Thursday, March 8, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. His daughter, Erika Stinson, told The New York Times that he died from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Ellis recorded "Disco Inferno" in 1976 with his group, The Trammps. The song was hit the No. 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 Single Chart on May 27, 1978 and was featured on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of the 1977 dance movie "Saturday Night Fever," a film that helped make John Travolta a star.

"Disco Inferno," which contains the lyrics "Burn, baby burn," has been featured in many commercials and has been recorded by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner.

Ellis served as the group's lead singer of The Trammps. The Philadelphia-based disco and soul band also released singles such as "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," a remake of a Judy Garland song, "Hold Back The Night" and "That's Where the Happy People Go" throughout the 1970s. The group performed on shows such as NBC's "Midnight Special." (pictured above)

"His love of performing and the band's signature funk style extended over several decades as he continued to tour until 2010," the Recording Academy, which votes on the winners of the Grammy Awards, said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday. "Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and all who have been moved, literally, by his energy and dance floor anthems."

Ellis is survived by his wife, Beverly, a son, James III, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three brothers and a sister, The New York Times said. A memorial service for Ellis is set to take place on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, David Turner of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill told the Associated Press.

The Trammps also found success in Europe. The band members appeared on the Dutch television show "Top 2000 A Go Go" in 2005.

"You get tired but you know what you gotta do," Ellis said on the program, when asked about performing. "We ask to do these things so we do them. And I love it. It's better than just sitting at home.

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