The Trammps singer Jimmy Ellis dies aged 74

'Disco Inferno' star loses his battle with Alzheimer's

Jimmy Ellis, former frontman of The Trammps, who sang on the classic hit ‘Disco Inferno’, has died at the age of 74.

The singer passed away yesterday (March 8) in a nursing home in South Carolina. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, according to his family.

His memorial service is scheduled to be held on March 16 at Central Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina, reports CNN.

‘Disco Inferno’, which is famous for it’s lyrical hook “burn, baby, burn”, was a 1976 Grammy award-winning hit for the band who were founded in 1972 in Philadelphia by Ellis. It also featured in the John Travolta ’70s movie Saturday Night Fever.

Other hits included ‘Hold Back The Night’ and ‘That’s Where The Happy People Go’. The last album the band released was ‘Slipping Out’ in 1980.

The band enjoyed a rotating line-up throughout the years, but the original members last performed together when they were inducted into the Dance Music Hall Of Fame in 2005.

Ellis continued to tour with The Trammps until 2010.