Joe Esposito, American author and publisher, Died at 78


Joe Esposito was born on January 22, 1938, and died on November 23, 2016.

He was a veteran author and publisher.

Joe along with his long-time business partner Daniel Lombardy, have several best-selling books to their credit.

He was best known for his association with Elvis Presley (see Memphis Mafia).

Joe first met Presley while serving in the military in 1958.

Both of them 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.

Following that, Joe Esposito became Elvis’s road manager and bodyguard beginning in 1960.

He served as co-best man, with Marty Lacker at Elvis’s wedding while Esposito’s wife, Joan, served as the matron of honor.

Following 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 has 3 children, Debbie (born 1962) and Cindy (born 1966) from his first marriage to Joan (Roberts) and Anthony (born 1985) from his second marriage to Martha Gallub.

His 2nd wife Martha Gallub Esposito died on March 19, 2012, after a long fight with cancer.

Joe Esposito passed away at 78 years old, due to cancer.