” Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart ” is by The Trammps, who were an American soul and disco group.
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, they began in the 1960s as the Volcanos, then changed their name to the Moods and finally The Trammps. The line-up changed throughout the seventies, often containing up to eleven members during touring.
The original lead vocalist was Gene Faith; he was replaced in the 70s by Jimmy Ellis. The more well known 70s core line-up featured James Thomas Ellis II, Harold ‘ Doc ‘ Wade, Stanley Wade, Robert Upchurch and Earl Young.
Although they had hit singles before, they are best remembered for their song ” Disco Inferno “, originally recorded in 1976. The song had success in 1977 when it topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart in the United States.
In 1978, it was included on the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. After being re-released, the single peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
To date, The Trammps album releases are nine studio, nine compilations and thirty-four singles. Two versions of The Trammps still tour today on the nostalgia circuit.
” Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart ” was written and composed in 1934 by James F. Hanley. Born on the 17th of February 1892 in Rensselaer, Indiana, in the United States, James’ other well-known songs include ” ( Back Home Again in ) Indiana “, released in 1917 and ” Second Hand Rose ” in 1921. He died of a heart attack on the 8th of February 1942 while at home in Douglaston, Queens, New York.
The song was originally recorded by Judy Garland and featured in the 1938 film Listen, Darling. The film, starring Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Mary Astor and Walter Pidgeon, is about a girl and her friend who try to stop her widowed mother from marrying the wrong man. Not a box office success, it made a loss of $17,000 at the time, nearly $300,000 in today’s money.
The cover by The Trammps, released in 1972 by Buddah Records ( Sony Music Entertainment ), was recorded at the Sigma Sound Studios at 212 North 12th Street, Philadelphia. Founded by Joseph Tarsia in 1968 it was one of the first studios in the United States to use the 24-track recording for artists. The studio closed in 2014, later the City of Philadelphia dedicated the original building as a historic site on the 15th of October 2015.
The song was a commercial success for The Trammps. In the United States, ” Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart ” reached number sixty-four on the Billboard Hot 100, spending eleven weeks on the chart there.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 64
UK Highest Chart Position: N/A
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Netherlands 5, Belgium 11
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