Joe Esposito (singer)
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Joe Esposito (born May 5, 1938) is a Grammy winning 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, and 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 1982s "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, Lady" 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, since it would be from a woman's perspective. "You're the Best" is from the 1984 film The Karate Kid. Also Esposito supplied vocals on Brenda Russell's 1988 "Piano in the Dark," as well as a duet with Laura Branigan on "Come Into My Life" from the Coming to America soundtrack (1988). Esposito released his solo debut in 1982.
- 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: - 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)
- 1981 I'm a Rainbow by Donna Summer, performing I Believe (In You).
- 1988 Get Here by Brenda Russell, performing Piano in the Dark.
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.
- "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
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