Jimmy Ellis, “Disco Inferno” Singer, Dies at 74

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Jimmy Ellis, the soulful lead singer of the Trammps, whose 1970s hit โ€œDisco Infernoโ€ was immortalized in the film โ€œSaturday Night Fever,โ€ died on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C. He was 74.

The cause was complications of Alzheimerโ€™s disease, Erika Stinson, his daughter, said.

Mr. Ellisโ€™s melodious voice overlaid the funky guitar riffs and driving bass and drums of the Trammpsโ€™s dance music. He sang lead on most of the groupโ€™s songs, backed by the bass singer Earl Young, and later harmonized with Robert Upchurch, who joined the band in the mid-1970s.

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