Jimmy Ellis, Trammps Singer Dies at 74

By: Chad Sweely - March 9, 2012

On Thursday, March 8th of 2012, James T. “Jimmy” Ellis, lead singer of the well-known disco band The Trammps died at age 74. Ellis, who was a Rock Hill, North Carolina native, passed away due to complications during his fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

While growing up in Rock Hill, N.C., Ellis was involved in various gospel groups, and after he graduated high school, moved to Philadelphia, PA, While in Philadelphia, Ellis became involved with the group The Trammps in the 1970s, where he became lead singer. During the band’s slow-rising success, The Trammps recorded the song “Disco Inferno” in 1977. “Disco Inferno” became one of the songs included on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack — the second-largest soundtrack ever sold, and known for its Grammy success in 1979.

While Ellis’ battled with Alzheimer’s disease, he survived by his wife Beverly, his three brothers (Johnny, George Robert and Charles), sister Alice Ruth, his children (James III and Erika Stinson), his eight grandchildren, and his two great grandchildren.

The Twitter community have been active in saying their goodbyes to this talented singer, and I have provided a few sentimental tweets below:

RIP Jimmy Ellis- you and the Trammps had the greatest Disco song of all time with Disco Inferno.(image) 38 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

U may not have known the name but u KNEW the song! Rest in peace Jimmy “Disco Inferno” Ellis! http://t.co/RjwwXCYW(image) 21 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Trammps Frontman Jimmy Ellis of “Disco Inferno” Fame Dies: His life burned as brightly as the “inferno” he and his bandmates left on …(image) 1 hour ago via twitterfeed ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Jimmy Ellis has gone to the “Disco Inferno” in the sky. R.I.P Jimmy.(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

#RIP Jimmy Ellis – i know that your disco inferno will continue to burn forever. http://t.co/hRK3cIVU(image) 2 hours ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

One of the best singers ever. Jimmy Ellis dies aged 74 http://t.co/J3xVZWHA(image) 2 hours ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Chad Sweely

About the Author

Chad SweelyChad Sweely is a contract writer for WebProNews, and previously was the Support Analyst for iEntry. Chad is also interested in classic Doctor Who, social dancing, and web design.

View all posts by Chad Sweely
  • Ray

    I was HUGE fan I saw the band in some of it’s first gig’s -even before Saturday night fever-at a club in cherry hill N.J. called “Some Place Else” He was made for this music-what an unforgettable voice. R.I.P.