Joe Esposito (singer)
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Joe Esposito (born May 5, 1948) is a Grammy-nominated American singer/songwriter whose career spans from the 1970s to the present day. Esposito's songs have been recorded by Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Labelle, Stephen Stills and others.
Esposito was a member of the band Brooklyn Dreams, best known for their collaboration with Donna Summer on "Heaven Knows" and "Bad Girls." Giorgio Moroder asked Esposito to collaborate on his 1982 "Solitary Man" project, which became Esposito's first solo album.
In the 1980s, he's best known for his performances of the hit songs "Lady, Lady" which was the third single release from the Flashdance soundtrack peaked at #86 in the U.S. on radio play alone since it was not released as a single in the U.S. due to reorganization at Casablanca, and conflicts concerning distribution between Casablanca and Millennium Records. from the "Solitary Man" album and 1983 film Flashdance. Esposito had originally recorded the title track "Flashdance... What a Feeling"; then Irene Cara was brought in to record it since it would be from a woman's perspective.
The 1987 the song "I Had The Time Of My Life" from the movie Dirty Dancing, was originally intended for Esposito and Donna Summer; but it was turned down.
- 1984 Flashdance, Album of the year.
- 1984 Staying Alive, Best Motion Picture sound track.
- 1988 Piano in the Dark, Brenda Russell - Joe "Bean" Esposito, Best Pop Duo.
- American Hot Wax (1978) Kenny Vance on lead vocals with Brooklyn Dreams performing as The Planotones on backup.
- Foxes (1980) Lyrics: "Shake It" performed by the Brooklyn Dreams
- Zapped! (1982) performer: "Updikes Theme" - Joe "Bean" Esposito.
- Flashdance (1983) performer: "Lady, Lady, Lady" - Joe "Bean" Esposito.
- Staying Alive (1983) Lyrics: "Hope We Never Change", "Moody Girl", "I'm Never Gonna Give You Up", "The Winning End".
- The Karate Kid (1984) performer: "You're the Best" - Joe "Bean" Esposito.
- Lovelines (1984) performer: "A Time Like This Again" - Joe "Bean " Esposito.
- Thief of Hearts (1984) performer: "Just Imagine (Way Beyond Fear) - Joe "Bean" Esposito.
- 3:15 - The Moment of Truth (1986) performer: "Out of Control" - Bob Conti and Joe "Bean" Esposito
- Coming to America (1988) performer "Come into My Life" - Laura Branigan and Joe Esposito
- Butterbrot (1990) performer: "Take Me Home" - Joe Esposito.
- Freak City (1999) performer: "Two Bad Boys" - Joe Esposito.
- 1983 Solitary Man, Giorgio Moroder and Joe Esposito produced by Giorgio Moroder, Oasis Records.
- 1987 Joe, Bruce and Second Ave, produced by Michael Omartian, EMI America.
- 1996 Treated and Released, produced by Joe Esposito, Pool Party Records.
- 2012 (TBA)
Esposito lives in Las Vegas where he performs as a vocalist at various casino hotels. Esposito is currently writing for film and television. Esposito is still in demand for studio vocal work. During the early 1990s he and Eddy Hokenson (of Brooklyn Dreams) toured with Kenny Vance and the Planotones, a vocal group created for the movie, American Hot Wax. In May 2013, Esposito became the lead singer for The Brooklyn Bridge band, formerly known as Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge.
- Flashdance on Billboard Hot 100 Accessed August 28, 2007
- Maniac on Billboard Hot 100. Accessed August 28, 2007
- "http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/esposito_mike00.html". Thesundevils.cstv.com. 1981-09-27. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
- Joe Esposito at Allmusic
- Joe Esposito at the Internet Movie Database
- Brooklyn Dreams Official website