Joey “Pepe” Smith, a pioneering founder of Pinoy rock, died on Jan. 28, 2019 PHT, after being rushed to the hospital. He was 71 years old.
Smith’s daughter Daisy Smith-Owen posted on her Facebook telling her friends that she knew her father was in a better place now and would always love him. He also was the best father anybody could have and was no longer in pain.
In 2017, Smith suffered a third stroke which left him with a speech impediment and breathing problems according to his daughter.
Tributes filled Twitter for Smith.
Sandwich bassist Myrene Academia tweeted Maraming, maraming, salamat sa lahat. You left this earth too soon. Every Filipino music and lovers of music have you in their blood.
APO Hiking Society’s Jim Paredes tweeted another OPM legend is gone. Farewell Pepe Smith.
Besides being a pioneer of Filipino rock, he was in the band, Juan dela Cruz. The group was best known for their hits “Balong Malalim,” “Himig Natin,” “Beep Beep,” “No Touch,” “Panahon” and “Titser’s Enemi No.1.”
In the 60s, Smith was the vocalist in the band The Downbeats who opened for the 1966 Manila concert with the Beatles.
Dubbed the “Mick Jagger of the Philippines,” the rocker starred in the 2015 movie “Above the Clouds.”
Written by Barbara Sobel
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