Joy Fleming Biography, Career, Albums, Songs and Husband

Joy Fleming Biography

Joy Fleming , aka Erna Libenow, born on 15 November 1944, in Rockenhausen was a German singer best known for her performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975 . 

Joy Fleming Husband

Fleming married Bernd Liebenow, in 1976, who also became her manager.

Joy Fleming Death

Joy Fleming died on September 27, 2017 at the age of 72, leaving behind three children, a daughter from his first marriage with Strube and two sons from his marriage to Liebenow. She was buried in the local cemetery of Sinsheim-Hilsbach.

Joy Fleming  Career

Fleming at the age of 14, won a local pop song contest with the song Ciao, Ciao Bambina . she sang jazz and blues at the age of 16 in bars and pubs for the American soldiers stationed in Mannheim .  She founded the band Joy & The Hit Kids,with friends in 1966, which was renamed Joy Unlimited in 1969 . She performed the song “Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein” and was placed seventeenth out of nineteen countries. In 1986, she made a further Eurovision bid , participating in the German national contest with the song “Miteinander”.

Fleming continued her career as a solo singer from 1971 and was with the Neckar bridge blues , which is sung with a text by Carl J. Schäuble in Mannemerisch successful. At that time she managed the publisher and musician Peter Kirsten and recorded several records with her. The band Joy Unlimited continued in 1971 without Fleming.

She founded the label Rö-Mo Records and the Rött’l Mouse publishing house as well as the music group United Wanderers in 1990 together with her then husband Bernd Liebenow and her pianist Claude Schmidt . In 1991, Fleming sang the title song composed by Klaus-Peter Sattler for the television show Glücksrad and the German national anthem for the grand prize of Formula 1 at the Hockenheimring .

Her next involvement with Eurovision came in 2001 when, under a somewhat confusing arrangement with Swiss television she co-sang their contribution to the German final. The song, “Power of Trust” was performed with two other singers, Lesley Bogaert and Brigitte Oelke, and was placed second. Fleming made another attempt in 2002 and finished as runner-up yet again, this time performing “Joy to the World” with the group Jambalaya. Most recently, she lived in Sinsheim – Hilsbach with the French composer and musician Bruno Masselon and ran her own recording studio .

Joy Fleming Songs

  1. Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein
  2. Neckarbrückenblues
  3. Halbblut
  4. Ich sing fuer’s Finanzamt
  5. Kall, oh Kall
  6. Menschenskind
  7. Er ist ein Ehemann
  8. Glücksrad-Lied
  9. Mannemer Dreck
  10. Bridge of Love
  11. Power of Trust
  12. Ich will mei Meisl
  13. Alabama Stand By
  14. So bin ich
  15. Change It All
  16. Wenn die Liebe lebt
  17. Another Door Closing
  18. Ich flieg mit Dir
  19. Meiner ist so einer
  20. One two three four – I love you
  21. He Is There for Me
  22. Don’t You Agree
  23. Helden werden auch mal älter
  24. Fieber
  25. Lass ihn geh’n
  26. Es tut so gut
  27. Seven Steps to My Soul
  28. I Mattered Too
  29. Sweet Reality
  30. Real Beat
  31. Du gehst vorbei
  32. Miteinander

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Joy Fleming Albums

  • L’Attraction
  • Sentimental Journey ’93
  • So bin ich
  • Traumland
  • Joy Fleming und ihre grossen Erfolge
  • Joy to the World
  • Big Bend SFB With Soloists Conductor Paul Kuhn.

Joy Fleming Awards

  • Bloomaulorden (1976), highest civic award Mannheim
  • Outstanding Award (international prize, Japan)
  • Special Guest of the BBC Big Band (London)
  • SWR Blues Louis (2006, International Jazz Award)
  • RPR 2 Best Price
  • Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg (2012)

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Joy Fleming News

Memories of Joy Fleming

Updated On: 2nd May 2018

Helga Enger is struggling for composure. “She came to Vogelstang for 35 years. And in doing so, she has lost a lot of her salary, “says the first chairperson of the Kranken- und Altenpflegeverein about Joy Fleming. “We really liked them.” To remember the life and work of the soul-pop singer, who died unexpectedly last fall, the club invited to a musical memorial lecture with solo entertainer Joachim Schäfer in the Bürgersaal.

A Beamer, Bloomaulorden wearer and member of the Krautrock cult band Kin Ping Meh projected old photos and video clips of Joy Fleming to the lime-white wall: about how Dieter Thomas Heck moderated the Mannheim woman several times in his hit programs and during a black -white appearance in the TV show “Talentschuppen”.

Biggest hit from the year 1975

In between there were music clips by Joy Fleming, who until the last had tirelessly recorded and toured the recording studio, among them the songs “Mannemer Dreck”, “Butzekrampel”, “Halbblut” and of course the timeless “A song can be a bridge”, Fleming’s biggest hit from the year 1975.

After her death, the artist Joy Fleming, who had been home to a veritable zoo with dogs, cats and a lurid green parrot, buried in the local cemetery of Sinsheim-Hilsbach, where Fleming lived in a converted farm with recording studio. Do not forget the many mourners for sure the loud bang during the funeral ceremony. “One of the tires of the car, on which the coffin was pushed, suddenly burst,” revealed entertainer Joachim Schäfer, who picked up on this anecdote a humorous side: Perhaps this tire bang had been a last cheeky sign from Joy Fleming, from the sky high on top of her cloud. “Even if I do not believe in something like that.”

Getting used to humor

In Neckarstadt-West, Fleming used to live in Alphornstraße for a while, Schäfer said. “Her coarse humor took some getting used to.” Later, he agreed to the “Water Tower Boogie” on his keys. In addition, the guest speaker spoke on the not straightforward family tree of Joy Fleming. “You know Helmut Kohl. Similar here are the family conditions. Not entirely unproblematic, “suggested scene expert Schäfer, who had operated in the U-squares from 1979 to 1986, the student pub” Miljöö “.

Artistic standstill could not accuse the native of the Palatine Rockenhausen soul singer. Even for an old erotic film, as they used to run in the night program of private television, Joy Fleming had once sung the subtle film music – which Schäfer illustrated with a bare-skin video cutout.

Sound engineer Jenning Schäfer, the 30-year-old son of e-organist Joachim Schäfer, ensured a decent sound in the Civic Hall.