GERMANY: Joy Fleming has died, aged 72

Joy Fleming

GERMANY: Joy Fleming has died

It is with regret that it has been announced that Joy Fleming has died, aged 72. She represented Germany at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, finishing 17th of 19 competing songs.

Born Erna Raad on 15 November 1944, she grew up listening to American music in what was the occupied Germany.

She had been in the music industry since the 1950s, and one of her early successes was with the song ‘Ciao, ciao bambina’, originally Italy’s 1959 entry in the Eurovision Song Contest under the title ‘Piove’.

In the late 1960s and 1970s Joy started appearing on TV more often,  both as part of groups and as a soloist. It was as a result of this exposure that, in 1975, she appeared in the German national final, entitled Vorentscheid (Ein Lied für Stockholm), and won through a field of 15 with the song ‘Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein’, beating such performers as Séverine, Katja Ebstein, Mary Roos and Jürgen Marcus. Here’s her performance from Stockholm.

The touring continued and her second marriage was to her manager she married Bernd Liebenow, with whom she had two children.

Eurovision saw her again in 1986 when she duetted with Marc Berry in ‘Ein Lied für Bergen’, the German selection show for the contest in Norway. They finished fourth with the song ‘Miteinander’ behind Ingrid Peters’ ‘Über die Brücke geh’n’. Here she is in 1986.

It’s a performance that could only come from the 1980s, and they appear to have a lot of backing singers that didn’t actually do anything.

Joy was back again in Countdown Grand Prix 2001, where she joined forces with Lesley, and Swiss singer Brigitte Oelke. Their song ‘Power of trust’ was a close runner-up to Michelle and ‘Wer liebe lebt’, and demonstrated Joy’s voice to its fullest.

Her final appearance on a Eurovision stage was the following year in Countdown Grand Prix 2002. She teamed up with vocal group Jambalaya. A crowd-pleasing song, but she again had to be content with second place to Corinna May.

Joy’s death comes just over a month after Germany lost Margot Hielscher, who represented her country in the 1950s.

Joy will be missed, and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

Author: John Stanton

Source: Eurovision Ireland, Youtube, ARD



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