Disco Inferno Singer
March 9, 2012 by staff
Disco Inferno Singer, 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 morning at a nursing home in the city.
A cause of death was not immediately known, but Ellis had battled Alzheimer’s disease the past three years.
He had toured up until 2008.
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.
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