"Disco Inferno" Singer Jimmy Ellis Dies at 74

Entertainment Mar. 9, 2012 AT 12:02PM
"Disco Inferno" Singer Jimmy Ellis Dies at 74 Credit: AP Photo/The Herald

Disco has lost one of its greats.

On Thursday, Jimmy Ellis passed away at the age of 74 in South Carolina.

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Ellis was one of the original longstanding members of The Trammps, one of the first disco groups that rose to fame in the 1970s.

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The Philadelphia-based group's most memorable single is "Disco Inferno," which features Ellis as the lead vocals. In addition to reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978, it was also slotted on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack the year prior.

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CNN reports that a memorial service for the singer will be held on March 16 in North Carolina. No word if it is open to the public.

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