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Joy Fleming dies aged 72

We’re sad to report the death of Joy Fleming. The former German Eurovision entrant has died unexpectedly at the age of just 72.

Career & Eurovision

Her manager and son have confirmed the sad news. Joy rose to fame in 1966 with her band and would later have over fifty years of a successful career in Germany. In 1975, Joy was selected to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. With Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein, Joy travelled to Brighton with high hopes. She sadly finished in seventeenth, only getting points from Malta, Spain and Luxembourg. Nevertheless, her song grew out to be a great classic among Eurovision fans, ending up being one of the most loved tracks in the history of the contest, despite its placing.
Joy became known as a rock and jazz singer in her later career. A woman with a strong opinion, which she wasn’t afraid to voice either. She attempted returns to Eurovision in 2001 and 2002 with songs like Joy To The World, but failed to win the ticket on both attempts.

A great loss for the world

Joy’s management announced her death on Joy’s Facebook page today. They said her death was unexpected and have given no cause of death as of yet. According to the post, the world has lost a great, ambitious singer, a mother who dedicated her life to her children and a loving partner, who was living life to the absolute fullest. They ask for privacy in these difficult times, which are now facing the family.
The thoughts of the entire Team are with Joy Fleming’s friends, family and colleagues in these difficult times. For us Eurovision fans, all we can do is remember that one performance in Stockholm, 1975. The moment Joy sang her way into our hearts: Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein.
Let us know your best memories, your most loving thoughts below, either in a comment or on Facebook.

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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