Singer Joy Fleming, who represented Germany at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, has passed away, ARD has reported.
Joy’s passing was announced today by her son and her management. Her management confirmed that Joy passed peacefully in her sleep, and had no known health conditions. She was 72 years of age.
Who was Joy Fleming?
Joy Fleming was born Erna Raad in the Palatinate region of Germany in 1944 and grew up in the city of Mannheim. She began her singing career at the age of 14 when she won a local singing competition. She would later work as a jazz singer in the bars of Mannheim. Fleming began her solo career in 1972. Her voice was critically acclaimed, and she was named by Janis Joplin as having the best voice she’d ever heard in Germany.
In 1975, she represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with the song “Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein”. The song finished in 17th place, receiving a total of just 15 points from Luxembourg, Malta and Spain. Despite this low finish, Joy’s Eurovision song is remembered as a classic German entry, having been covered by a range of other artists including Germany’s 1998 entrant Guildo Horn.
Joy attempted to represent her country a further three times over the years. In 1986 she finished in 4th place in the German national final with the song “Miteinander”. She also went on to compete in the 2001 national final as part of the group Lesley, Joy & Birgitte, together with Lesley Bogaert and Brigitte Oelke. Their song “Power of Trust” finished in 2nd place. Joy also competed in the German national final a year later along with the band Jambalaya. They performed the song “Joy to the World”, which also finished in 2nd place.
Joy is survived by three sons and a daughter.
You can listen to Joy Fleming’s Eurovision entry, “Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein”, below.
Our thoughts are with Joy Fleming’s loved ones at this time.