Joe Moscheo

The Imperials were a backup group for Elvis when he played the International Hotel in Las Vegas, and Joe Moscheo was a member of that group. The Imperials still exist as a Southern gospel contemporary Christian group. From 1969 to 1971, the group performed with Elvis for ten weeks every year. Moscheo also attended the intimate, personal sessions after the concerts up in Elvis's room nearly every night, lasting into the wee hours of the morning. Elvis would listen to a gospel recording sometimes nearly 100 times to understand the musical intricacies before putting his own spin on it. Moscheo remembers when Elvis would ask his back-up singers to sing a gospel song a cappella, and have the audience bow their heads in submission. This is a very personal and entertaining exploration of Elvis' private life from a friend's point of view.