Joe Esposito with Elvis at the Last Concert 1977. Joe met Elvis while they were both in the army. Joe was Elvis' aide and right hand man from 1960-1977. They cemented their friendship while stationed in West Germany. Elvis gave him the martial-arts nickname, "The Lion". After Elvis returned to the US, he hired Esposito as his road manager.
Rare candid photo: Elvis and Joe Esposito. Joe had to be Elvis' best friend. He was always true to him unlike Sonny & Red West who wrote the book about Elvis called, "Elvis What Happened". Elvis died shortly after the book came out. It was said back then that Elvis died of a broken heart. Joe stayed true to Elvis till the very end.