The Soulsängerin Joy Fleming died at the age of 72 years. This is confirmed by her son and her manager. “With her we lose a great singer, a self-sacrificing mother and a loving companion, who was full in life,” the message said. Joy Fleming represented Germany 1975 with the Grand Prix with the song “A song can be a bridge”.
She was known as “Mama Soul” and a pioneer of blues music in Germany: Joy Fleming, a vocal singer from Mannheim . For more than 50 years, she has played in the regional and nationwide music scene and has been a part of the audience with jokes and passion.
Director Udo Dahmen from the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg once honored Fleming as an outstanding soulsinger of the first hour in Germany. On Wednesday evening, she died at the age of 72 in Hilsbach (Rhine-Neckar-Kreis). “She slept peacefully on the couch,” said her son and manager Bernd Liebenow of the German press agency .
Music scene mourns around Joy Fleming
Also on Facebook her management announced the sad news. “I am shocked, we are losing one of the best and most talented singers in Germany, I will remember them, and above all their wonderful humor, come well over the rainbow bridge,” writes Jochen R.
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“Music is escape,” said Fleming often with reference to her heavy childhood in Mannheim. At home there was more spanking than food. “When I sing blues, the misery comes out really well.”
Although it became quieter with the years around Joy Fleming and she often performed in seated, she never thought of quitting. Only in March, the singer in Mannheim gave a cheered concerto, which showed that she had lost nothing of her radiance. She also announced a CD and a further appearance for 2018. With the “Neckarbrückenblues” written in Palatinate dialect, the three-octave singer of her hometown Mannheim set a musical monument.
The life of Joy Fleming
In the international spotlight, Fleming entered the Grand Prix d’Eurovision in 1975. With the German contest “A song can be a bridge” she collected only a few points in Stockholm, but a lot of personal reputation. The press celebrated her as a world star from the province. The singer herself kept the performance ambiguous – also because of the green stage costume. “The Klamotte was horrible – I still mourn, terrible, like a grasshopper,” Fleming said later.
In Rockenhausen in Palatinate, the daughter of a salesman and a typist was born on 15 November 1944 as Erna Raad. After her move to Mannheim, she had not had a particularly beautiful childhood there. “We lived next to the puff, and I can remember how we got bread from the prostitutes as children,” she once said. Their singing room was also discovered by the US soldiers stationed. After her apprenticeship as a saleswoman, she sang jazz and blues in bars at the age of 16.
The name “Fleming” was given to her by the record company, but her first name was “Joy”: “In an Ami club, a little black girl clung to my leg, which was called Joy. AZ / dpa