The Trammps (Jimmy Ellis, bottom right) The Trammps (Jimmy Ellis, bottom right)

Jimmy Ellis, the lead singer of The Trammps, the music group that popularized the 1970s anthem "Disco Inferno," has died. He was 74.

Ellis died in a Rock Hill, S.C. nursing home of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his daughter told The New York Times.

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Born in South Carolina, Ellis formed The Trammps in the early 1970s. The band's first recording, a remake of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," reached No. 17 on the R&B charts. Their biggest hit came in 1977 when their single "Disco Inferno" was used in the film Saturday Night Fever. The song reached No. 11 on the Billboard pop chart and the movie's soundtrack climbed to No. 1. The album later won the Grammy for album of the year in 1979.

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Ellis is survived by his wife, two children, three brothers, one sister, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.