Touch By Touch Joy
Song Title: Touch By Touch
Date of release: September 1985
Description: ” Touch By Touch ” is by Joy, the Austrian pop band formed by Andy Schweitzer, Freddy Jaklitsch and Manfred Temmel in Bad Aussee, a town in the Austrian state of Styria with a population of 5,086. The three members of the group met during high school with the friends playing in different bands together beginning in 1975. After they each graduated from high school, each of the friends left their music behind and chose different careers. Andy Schweitzer became a policeman, Freddy Jaklitsch became a teacher of the German language and history and Manfred Temmel became a popular DJ at the Orion disco club in Traunreut, Germany.
The friends reunited again in 1984 and set about becoming music professionals. It wasn’t long before they had clinched a recording contract with OK Musica, the Austrian label based in Vienna, the capital city.
” Touch By Touch ” was written by Andy Schweitzer and Freddy Jaklitsch with production for the single by Michael Scheickl, the Austrian singer, composer and record producer recorded a solo Album in 1981 using a pseudonym Fritz. In 1982 he represented Austria at Eurovision song contest with ” Sonntag ” ( Sunday ) performing as the duo Mess alongside Elisabeth ‘Lizzi’ Engstler.
Joy’s first single released in February 1985 called ” Lost In Hong Kong ” which was written by Michael Scheickl using the name M. Mell, only managed to be a minor hit, although not successful as the group had hoped it gained them valuable press attention.
It was to be their next single ” Touch By Touch ” that would give Joy the success they craved. After it was released in September 1985 the song entered the European Top 20 Dance Charts, topping their native Austrian chart. The song achieved Gold status in Austria along with Portugal and Spain with more than 50,000 copies being sold.
The group’s non-political lyrics and positive, catchy melodies saw them being invited to play behind the Iron Curtain. In 1986 and 1987 they performed on Ein Kessel Buntes ( A Kettle of Colour ). The television variety show broadcast in East Germany (also known as DDR and as German Democratic Republic or GDR ) was broadcast from 1972 to 1992. Many other artists were invited onto the show including ABBA, Amanda Lear, Bad Boys Blue, Karel Gott,Dara Rolins Zsuzsa Koncz, Alla Pugacheva, Sofia Rotaru, Kati Kovács. Although it hasn’t broadcast since 1992 it remains a popular show due to repeats.
” Touch By Touch ” entered the Austrian chart on the 1st of November 1985 and reached a peak of number 1, holding the top slot for 1 week. The song spent a total of 14 weeks on the Austrian Chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: N/A
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria 1, Germany 18
Official Website: Joy.or.at
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/joy.austria.disco
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.orgJoy