The Trammps first hit our turntables in 1972 with their cover version of the 1934 James Frederick Hanley penned ‘Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart’ – as notoriously sung by Judy Garland in the 1938 film ‘Listen, Darling’ – on Buddah Records, and ‘Sixty Minute Man’ from their legendary debut ‘Zing’ album. They are best known for their Grammy winning song, ‘Disco Inferno’, which was originally released in 1976, but went on to become a worldwide smash hit when it was included on the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night Fever’. They had a big top 5 single in the UK with ‘Hold Back The Night’ that same year, and followed with such hits as ‘That’s Where The Happy People Go’, ‘Hooked For Life’, ‘The Night The Lights Went Out’ and ‘Stop And Think’. Earl featured on many of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff‘s recordings for the Philadelphia International Records label, before moving on to Salsoul Records as a meber of house band the Salsoul Orchestra alongside the late Vincent Montana, Jr.
Now, after years away from the studio, group drummer/co-founder and leader Earl Young has issued a new single – ‘Get Your Lovin’ While I Can’ with his current version of the group, Earl Young’s Trammps. As were the group’s biggest hits, this new song was recorded live in Philadelphia. Young stated on his Facebook page, “We are jammin’. Great Philly musicians… You play live or go home!!! That’s how we do it in Philly.” You can hear an influence of Teddy Pendergrass in the vocals department, with Earl himself doing the talking parts.
The song was written by the Steals Brothers (Melvin and Mervin), who have penned great classics like ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ for the Spinners and ‘Honey Bee’ for Gloria Gaynor, along with many others.
Gary Van den Bussche (Disco, Soul, Gold)
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