The Trammps

The Trammps

The Trammps, based in Philadelphia, was one of the first disco bands. The band's first major success was with 1972's "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart". The first disco track they released was "Love Epidemic" in 1973.

They are most remembered for their hit single "Disco Inferno" (1977), which was included on the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack later that year and achieved the Number 11 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1978.

Other major hits included "Hold Back the Night" (1975) and "That's Where the Happy People Go" (1976).

In late 1977, the Trammps released the song "The Night the Lights Went Out" to commemorate the electrical blackout that affected New York on 13 July 1977 (see New York City Blackout of 1977).

In 2000, group member Jerry Mills Collins, was convicted of beating his wife with a handgun on Valentine's Day when he suspected her of infidelity. Collins was found guilty and sentenced to 12-35 years in prison.

On September 19, 2005 the groups signature record "Disco Inferno" was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York.


*"Trammps" (1975, Golden Fleece Records/Atlantic Records)
*"Disco Inferno" (1976, Atlantic Records)
*"Where the Happy People Go" (1976, Atlantic Records)
*"The Trammps III" (1977, Atlantic Records)
*"The Whole World's Dancing" (1979, Atlantic Records)
*"Mixin' It Up (Atlantic 1980)
*"Slipping Out" (1980, Atlantic Records)
*"Up On The Hill 1983 (12" Release)(9:20) / Up On The Hill (Instrumental)(5:23)


Original lineup

*Norman Harris - vocals/guitar
*Ronnie Baker - vocals/bass
*Earl Young - vocals/drums

Early 1980s lineup

*Jimmy Ellis - vocals
*Robert Upchurch - vocals
*Harold Wade - vocals/guitar
*Stan Wade - vocals/bass
*Earl Young - vocals/drums

ee also

*List of number-one dance hits (United States)
*List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
*Ron Kersey, a bandmember and songwriter
*Hate It or Love It, a single by The Game sampling a Trammps beat

External links

* [ Official website]

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