Jimmy Ellis, the singer for The Trammps, the Philadelphia born 1970s R & B act who recorded for Philadelphia International Records before going on to massive popular success with "Disco Inferno," has died. Ellis died in South Carolina on Thursday of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his daughter said. He was 74.
“Jimmy was straight out of church,” as a singer, Bobby Eli, the guitarist who was a founding member of The Trammps and played on all of the group’s recordings, told me on Friday. “The church never left him. And even for a church singer, he was unique. He had a scream on him that couldn’t be touched. He was the voice of the disco era for the Sound of Philadelphia, but he never wanted to be a disco singer. He considered himself a rhythm and blues singer.”
"Disco Inferno," which was featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, is below. Full obituary here.