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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Three Hit Songs By The 1970s-early 1990s Disco, Soul Group The Trammps: "Hold Back The Night", "Disco Inferno", & "That's Where The Happy People Go"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about The 1970s-1980s Disco/Soul Group "The Tramps" and showcases three of that group's hit records: Hold Back The Night", ."Disco Inferno" & "That's Where The Happy People Go."

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Thanks to The Trammps for their musical legacy. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAMMPS
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trammps
"The Trammps were an American disco and soul band, who were based in Philadelphia and were one of the first disco bands.

The band's first major success was with their 1972 cover version of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart". The first disco track they released was "Love Epidemic" in 1973. However, they are best known for their Grammy winning song, "Disco Inferno", originally released in 1976, becoming a UK pop hit and US R&B hit. After inclusion in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the song was re-released in 1978 and became a US pop hit.

History
From early 1970s to the dissolution in the early 1990s
The history of the Trammps grew from the 1960s group The Volcanos, who later became The Moods.[1] With a number of line-up changes by the early 1970s, the band membership included gospel-influenced lead singer Jimmy Ellis, drummer and singer (bass voice) 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 1970s 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.

Their debut chart entry came via an upbeat cover version of the standard "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", featuring Young's bass voice, which became a Top 20 US R&B chart hit in 1972.[1][2]

Their first few recordings were released on Buddah Records, including "Hold Back The Night" which was a hit in the UK and on the Billboard R&B chart in 1973, before a re-release saw it climb the U.S. Hot 100 two years later. Several R&B hits followed during a stay with Philadelphia International subsidiary, Golden Fleece (run by Baker-Harris-Young) before they signed to Atlantic Records.

Their single "Disco Inferno" (1976), which was included on the Grammy Award winning Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track in 1977,[3] reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1978.[4]

Other major hits included "Hold Back the Night" (1975) (UK #5[5]) 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 City on July 13-14, 1977.

Their signature song "Disco Inferno" has been covered by Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. In addition, Graham Parker covered "Hold Back The Night" on "The Pink Parker EP" in 1977, and reached #20 in the UK Singles Chart,[6] and Top 60 in the US."....

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES
Example #1: The Trammps - Hold Back The Night • TopPop



TopPop, Published on Oct 22, 2015

The Trammps were an American disco and soul band, who were based in Philadelphia and were one of the first disco bands. They visited the Toppop studios in the Netherlands many times.
They are best known for their Grammy winning song, "Disco Inferno", originally released in 1976, becoming a UK pop hit and US R&B hit. After inclusion in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the song was re-released in 1978 and became an international pop hit worldwide.
This was the Trammps 5th performance on Toppop.
The lead vocals are from Jimmy Ellis and the bass vocals are by Earl Young.
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Click https://genius.com/The-trammps-hold-back-the-night-lyricsfor the lyrics to The Trammp's "Hold Back The Night".

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Example #2: The Trammps - Disco Inferno (1976) HD



STAT CHILE, Published on Mar 24, 2016
Artista: The Trammps
Álbum: Disco Inferno
Country: US
Released:1976
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco

"Disco Inferno" is a 1976 song by The Trammps from the album of the same name. With two other cuts by the group it reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in early 1977, but had limited mainstream success in the U.S. until 1978, after being included on the soundtrack to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, when a re-release hit number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Click https://genius.com/The-trammps-disco-inferno-lyrics for the lyrics to The Trammp's song "Disco Inferno".

A note about this song on that website indicates that "it ["Disco Inferno"] was inspired by the scene of the burning discotheque in the 1974 movie The Towering Inferno.

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Example #3: The Trammps - That's Where The Happy People Go (1976)



crap1453, Published on May 12, 2010

One of the top disco bands in the world. This is imho one of the best disco songs ever.
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Click https://genius.com/The-trammps-thats-where-the-happy-people-go-lyrics">https://genius.com/The-trammps-thats-where-the-happy-people-go-lyrics for the lyrics to The Trammp's song "That's Where The Happy People Go".

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