Saturday, March 10, 2012


James T. Ellis, Singer for The Trammps, Dies

Date: Friday, March 09, 2012, 9:50 am
By: The Associated Press

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — James T. "Jimmy" Ellis, who belted out the refrain "Burn, baby burn!" in a 1970s-era disco hit that's still replayed in modern sports arenas, has died. He was 74.

David Turner of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, S.C., said the frontman for The Trammps died Thursday at a nursing home in the city. A cause of death was not immediately known.

The Trammps released "Disco Inferno" — the song with the popular refrain — in 1976. The song was featured in the iconic movie "Saturday Night Fever," its soundtrack winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. "Disco Inferno" soared up to No. 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 on May 27, 1978.

Turner said a memorial service will be held Friday in Charlotte, N.C.


RIP Bro. James T. Ellis. You will be missed. Here's a little something for all of you who appreciated The Trammps music as much as I do.

The first video is their hit smash Disco Inferno from 1977. The second video is of the same song, Disco Inferno the 11 minute remix version.

Enjoy... In remembrance of Bro. Elder James Ellis. He was a singing black man!


Anonymous said...

Damn that's fucked up but the ol' timer did live 74 years those songs were good ones I like d the remix I never heard that before.
RIP Old Timer Bro. K.L.

Trina said...

That's a shame I didnt even hear about that and that remix was the shit Nikki X you be finding them don't'cha? lol! rest in peace james ellis

Black man is King said...

That remix was long as hell but it was the shit even 100 years after it was made rip my man.

Anonymous said...

That Disco Inferno was the Jam, and can get a brotha' movin' in the soul towards a unmistakablily Funka' groove. Bro JT.