The 1970s was the age of disco and there was definitely no shortage of artists. Radios and turntables were blasting the disco beat from artists like The Village People, KC and The Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor, The Bee Gees and the queen of disco, the late Donna Summer, all of them blanketing the airwaves with disco anthems. However, one would be remiss not to mention “Disco Inferno,” the ode to the genre, performed by the Philadelphia-based group The Trammps. Although the group had already made some noise on the charts with singles such as “That’s Where The Happy People Go,” “Where Do We Go From Here” and their 1972 re-make of Judy Garland’s “Zing Went The Strings of my Heart,” “Disco Inferno” was definitely the group’s blockbuster hit. Rumor has it that the song title was inspired by a scene from the film The Towering Inferno. It definitely burned up the charts when it was released in 1976, becoming a dance floor classic, rising to number nine on the R&B chart. Two years later it would make it to the charts again, this time at number eleven on the Billboard Pop chart, and became a worldwide hit, thanks to it’s inclusion on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack for the feature film Saturday Night Fever. Since then, “Disco Inferno” has been covered by artists like Tina Turner and Cindy Lauper and can still be heard on old school radio as well as in commercials, television and film. Meanwhile, The Trammps continue to perform and tour for those nostalgic fans that can still do The Hustle and The Bus Stop, and still yearn for that infectious disco sound.
Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.