The Trammps began in Philadelphia in 1972 featuring vocalist, Jimmy Ellis, Harold Doc Wade, Stanley Wade and Earl Young and traveled with as many as 11 members, culled from the ranks of the busiest and best musicians, many of whom also played for Gamble and Huff’s Philly International and later for Vince Montana’s Salsoul Orchestra. The Trammps’ first recording, Zing Went the Strings Of My Heart, a remarkable remake of a tune originally recorded by Judy Garland in 1943, was recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios in 1972 and was a bona fide chart hit, reaching no. 17 on the R&B chart and no. 64 on the pop charts that summer. Within the next few years, Buddah Records recorded several of the Trammps’ hits, including Hold Back The Night which reached no. 40 on the pop charts and no. 10 on the R&B charts and Where Do We Go From Here, reaching no. 44 on the R&B charts in 1974.
In mid-1975, the Trammps became one of Atlantic Records hottest Disco recording acts. Their first album with Atlantic yielded tracts Hooked for Life and Where the Happy People Go which became their biggest pop hit to date reaching no. 27 and continues to rank as one of the most recognizable songs of its era. Other Trammps hits on Atlantic included, Disco Party, Body Contact, I Fell Like I’ve Been Livin’ (On The Dark Side Of The Moon), The Night The Lights Went Out, and Soul Bones, which features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. The pinnacle of the Trammps career was their Atlantic sound track, Disco Inferno. In 1977 Disco Inferno, was the hottest song on the International Disco scene and the group was recognized as the best performing group by one of New York’s most popular clubs, 2001 Space Oddesey, the location for the motion picture, Saturday Night Fever. The soundtrack for the movie, which included Disco Inferno, was the industries biggest selling album to date and won the Trammps a Grammy Award in 1979.
The Trammps are still travelling all over the world to bring their music which is unique and timeless.
Young and older people like “The Philly Sound” of The Trammps and this is confirmed by the endless list of reference they have built up over the decades.
You can book The Trammps as a four man formation with tape or with a live orchestra or an all-round show-orchestra.
With the Trammps you will have a “classic” act which you have never seen before.
Hits of The Trammps:
* Disco Inferno
* Are you ready
* Where were you when the lights went out in New York
* Hooked for life
* Love epidemic
* Save a place
* Where the happy people go
* Twenty five miles
* Zing, went the strings of my heart
* Sixty minute man