I can imagine that for some of you, the first thing you don’t know about Joe Esposito is who the hell he happens to be. Well, I shall remedy that for you, and perhaps add to your base knowledge! Joe Esposito is the musician responsible for this ditty. Satisfied? Good. Get ready, because here are five things you didn’t know about Joe Esposito.
5 Things You May Not Know About Joe Esposito
1. He was the original artist on the title track of Flashdance.
Yes, that’s right. Joe Esposito was the original artist for “What a Feeling,” but was replaced by Irene Cara because the song is from a woman’s perspective. As much as I love Joe Esposito, this was probably the right decision.
2. He was a member of the band Brooklyn Dreams, and collaborated with Donna Summer.
If you’re a disco fan (and I’m sure you are), then you’ll be excited to know that Esposito has a co-writer’s credit on “Bad Girls,” which is one of the more excellent disco tracks about a woman being mistaken for a prostitute. Ah, art…what salacious fact can you not make soar to the highest heavens?
3. His son, Mike Esposito, was a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies.
Unfortunately, Mike’s major league career was not analogous to his father’s music career: his 6.75 ERA over three games is definitely not the best around.
4. His song “You’re the Best” was not intended for The Karate Kid.
This is perhaps the most surprising fact of all! Responding to criticism that the lyrics don’t mesh well with The Karate Kid, Esposito revealed that the song was meant for Rocky III, but was replaced by “Eye of the Tiger.” It was also rejected for the Flashdance soundtrack, which instead featured Michael Sembello’s “Maniac.” But since John Avildsen, the director of the The Karate Kid, liked it so much, he included it in the movie. Wise decision, Mr. Avildsen.
5. If you find yourself in Vegas, you can see Esposito perform.
Yup, Esposito is still in demand as a vocalist, and performs at various Las Vegas hotels and casinos. So check Ticketmaster and get your ass to Vegas!