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Clark Collis
March 09, 2012 AT 04:35 PM EST

Trammps singer Jimmy Ellis died yesterday at a nursing home in South Carolina, according to CNN. He was 74.

The Philadelphia-based Trammps became dancefloor icons in 1977 with their classic track “Disco Inferno,” which was featured on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. The Trammps’ other hits included “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” and “Disco Party.”

Ellis grew up in Rock Hill, NC. At the age of 7, his father died and Ellis helped care for his five younger siblings, picking cotton and cutting grass to augment the family income, before striking north to make his way in the music business. “We weren’t making any money until “Disco Inferno” came along,” he once told the Charlotte Observer. “That’s when I started jumping, ‘Yes!'”

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