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The Trammps are an American music group, known for being based in Philadelphia and being one of the first bands. The band’s first major success was with their 1972 version of “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart”. However, they are best known for their Grammy winning song “Disco Inferno”, which was originally released in 1976 and became a U.K. pop hit and U.S. R&B hit. Re-released in 1978 and also included in the 1977 to ‘Saturday Night Fever’, it then became a big U.S. pop hit.

The music journalist Ron Wynn has noted that “the Trammps’ prowess can’t be measured by chart popularity; Ellis’ booming, joyous vocals brilliantly championed the celebratory fervor and atmosphere that made disco both loved and hated among music fans.” The first -related track they released was “Love Epidemic” back in 1973. That made them trailblazers of its and fueled sound.

The history of the Trammps grew from a -era group, called “The Volcanos”, which later became “The Moods”. With a number of line-up changes by the early 1970s, the band membership included gospel-influenced lead singer, Jimmy Ellis, drummer and bass singer, Earl Young, with brothers, Stanley and Harold ‘Doc’ Wade. Members of the Philadelphia recording band, MFSB played with the group on records and on tour in the 70s with singer, Robert Upchurch joining later. The group was produced by the Philadelphia team of Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris and Young, all MFSB mainstays who played on the recording sessions and contributed songs.


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