Joseph Anthony Moscheo, II
August 11, 1937 – January 11, 2016
After enduring a degenerative neurological disease for the past few years, music industry veteran Joe Moscheo passed away on the evening of January 11, 2016 at the age of 78.
Joe was a music executive and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee who was once a singer, keyboard player and arranger with The Imperials. The Imperials began working with Elvis Presley in the recording studio during the mid-60s and later became his backup group. Joe’s friendship and work with Elvis forever changed his career and made a deep personal impression on him for the rest of his days. Joe eventually authored a book entitled, The Gospel Side of Elvis, where he shared stories and reflections of Elvis’s genuine love for gospel music.
Joe also served as vice president of special projects at BMI, where he remained for 16 years. He also served on numerous boards, including the Gospel Music Association, the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School.
“I am so grateful for Joe’s friendship throughout the many years I have known him,” Bill Gaither reflects. He adds, “Larry Gatlin and I paid a visit to Joe a few days before he died and it was such a joy to sing some songs to him, see his smile, and share some great memories. I will always treasure that time. Love you, Joe. See you at the house, my friend.”
Per Joe’s instructions, there be no memorial service. He asked that his immediate family simply gather over a meal, enjoy each other, and celebrate his life.