Joe Esposito dead at 78
November 24, 2016 - 11:24:49 PM
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Joe Esposito died November 23, 2016 after a year of declining health. Joe first met Elvis Presley in the Army in 1958 and began working for him soon after they were both released from the service in 1960 until literally the day he died seventeen years later. Joe was Elvis Presley's right hand man and head of the Memphis Mafia.
Later Elvis offered Esposito a job but he became also Elvis' confidant. He was Elvis' road manager for many years, and supervised the many concerts that Elvis did after 1968. After Elvis' death, he worked for a year at Graceland to settle all outstanding issues. He then worked as a road manager for The Bee Gees, John Denver, Karen Carpenter, Wayne Newton and Michael Jackson. In Las Vegas, he worked in a number of casinos like The Wynn, etc. Joe died yesterday in California. He had been struggling for a long time with health problems.
In the spring of this year Elvis' former confidant and road manager Joe Esposito moved from Las Vegas to California. His daughter Cindy wanted her 78-year-old father have closer to her and his grandchildren. Esposito lived for many years in Las Vegas, and has also worked in the city for a long time.
Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley with Joe Esposito and Vernon Presley in background.
Interview with Joe Esposito
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