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Joe Esposito

Joseph Carmine Esposito (January 22, 1938 – November 23, 2016) was internationally known as Elvis Presley's road manager and friend. After Elvis' death, Joe became an author and publisher of several Elvis books.

 

Joe Esposito
Joe Esposito
Joe Esposito
Joe Esposito

Esposito is best known for his association with Elvis Presley (see Memphis Mafia). He first met Presley while serving in the military in 1958 at an Army base in Friedberg, West Germany. They both went through basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, but did not meet face to face until a year later when they were both stationed in West Germany, where they quickly became lifelong friends. Esposito became Elvis's road manager and friend beginning in 1960. Esposito served as co-best man, with Marty Lacker at Elvis's wedding while Esposito's wife, Joanie, served as the matron of honor.

After Elvis' death in 1977, Esposito went to work for Jerry Weintraub becoming the road manager for greats including Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, Karen Carpenter and John Denver. Esposito, Col. Tom Parker and Jerry Schilling served as principal consultants in the movie This Is Elvis. Joe was a consultant on multiple Elvis projects and was considered one of the most respected sources on Elvis. His home movies are featured in many projects including the CBS Primetime Special, "Elvis By the Presleys". Joe loved making appearances at Elvis conventions all around the world. He loved greeting fans, taking pictures and talking about his friend.

Joe really enjoyed keeping Elvis' legacy alive and was amazed at the lasting impact that Elvis had over the world. He became friends with many Elvis Tribute Artists (ETA's) and appreciated their impact on Elvis' legacy. Esposito has 3 children, Debbie and Cindy from his first marriage to Joan (Roberts) and Anthony from his second marriage to Martha Gallub, who died on March 19, 2012, after a long fight with cancer. Esposito died November 23, 2016, after a year of declining health. His daughter mentioned the cause to be complications of dementia.

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