The band JOY was formed in Bad Aussee, an Austrian town by Andy Schweitzer (26.02.60), Freddy Jaklitsch (22.01.60) and Manfred Temmel (25.02.59), who were school friends but parted ways after graduation
Three musicians met again in 1984, and decided to focus their joint efforts on a professional musical career. Quickly enough three young talents got a record deal – with an Austrian label OK Musica. The record company owners appointed Michael Scheickl to guide three young talents through all the curves and dangers of show-business.
Joy’s first single, “Lost In Hong Kong”, was released in February 1985. It didn’t become a big hit, but the new band was mentioned in press. The next single “Touch By Touch”, released in September 1985 and composed by Schweitzer and Jaklitsch, immediately reached European Top 20 Dance Charts and topped Austrian national chart.
In Austria, Portugal and Spain more than 50.000 copies of “Touch by touch” have been sold.