Joe Esposito (author)

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Joe Esposito
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Joe Esposito 2013 on stage at 12th European Elvis Festival in Bad Nauheim
Joseph Carmine Esposito

January 22, 1938
DiedNovember 23, 2016(2016-11-23) (aged 78)
Spouse(s)Joan Kardashian
Martha Gallub
Children2 daughters with Joan
1 son with Martha

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

Association with Elvis Presley[edit]

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.[1] 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 Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, Karen Carpenter and John Denver.[citation needed]

Esposito, Col. Tom Parker and Jerry Schilling served as principal consultants in the movie This Is Elvis.[citation needed]

Esposito 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".[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Esposito had three children: daughters Debbie and Cindy with his first wife Joan, who later married into the Kardashian family;[1] and son Anthony from his second marriage to Martha Gallub, who died on March 19, 2012, after a long fight with cancer.[1]

Esposito died November 23, 2016, after a year of declining health. His daughter mentioned the cause to be complications of dementia.[1]

Published books[edit]

  • Elvis Intimate and Rare[1], by Diamond Joe Esposito, (1997) Darwin Lamm, Elvis International Forum books(ASIN B0006QR02Y)
  • Remember Elvis Produced by Diamond Joe Esposito and Daniel Lombardy, (2006) TCBJOE Publishing (ISBN 0977894525)
  • Elvis Straight Up, Produced by Diamond Joe Esposito and Joe Russo of The Soft Parade,(2007)Steamroller Publishing (097971320X)
  • Celebrate Elvis - Volume 1, Produced by Diamond Joe Esposito and Daniel Lombardy, (2006) TCBJOE Publishing (ISBN 0977894533)
  • Celebrate Elvis - Volume 2, Produced by Diamond Joe Esposito and Daniel Lombardy, (2007) TCBJOE Publishing (ISBN 097789455X)


Movie appearances[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • He was portrayed by Joe Mantegna in 1979's Elvis: The Movie, alongside Kurt Russell.
  • He was also portrayed by Ian Leson in the 2005 CBS mini-series Elvis, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
  • He was spoofed by Chris Farley as the driver for "Tiny Elvis" on Saturday Night Live in 1992 hosted by Nicolas Cage.
  • He was portrayed by Wayne Powers (with Dale Midkiff as Elvis) in the 1989 ABC Mini-Series, "Elvis and Me," which was based on the best-selling book by Priscilla Presley, who was also Executive Producer.


  1. ^ a b c d Grimes, William (2016-11-28). "Joe Esposito Dies at 78; Spent 20 Years Assisting Elvis Presley". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-29.

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