Filipino rock legend Joseph William Feliciano Smith, who is professionally known as Pepe Smith, died on January 28, 2019. He was 71.
The cause of Pepe’s death has yet to be confirmed. He has four daughters namely Queenie Smith, Sanya Smith, Delta Acuña Smith and Daisy Smith-Owen and a son named Beebop Smith.
In the morning of January 28, 2019, Daisy took to Facebook to ask for prayers for her father who was rushed to the hospital. An hour later, she paid tribute to her father, confirming his death.
After suffering a stroke years ago, Pepe was left with a speech impediment. On November 14, 2017, he was rushed to the Metro Antipolo Hospital and Medical Center in Mayamot, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines after suffering a third stroke and on September 17, 2018, he underwent surgery of the gallbladder at the Philippine General Hospital in Ermita, Manila, Philippines.
Pepe was born in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines on December 25, 1947 to American father Edgar William Smith and Filipino mother Conchita Feliciano. Edgar was a serviceman.
At the age of 9, Pepe learned to play the drums. He was 11 when he and his friends formed a rock band called The Blue Jazzers, which was eventually renamed from The Villains to The Surfers.
It was in 1970 when Pepe joined the rock group Juan Dela Cruz Band as a vocalist and drummer with guitarist and vocalist Wally Gonzales and bassist and vocalist Mike Hanopol. The former members of the band were Sandy Tagarro, Edmund Fortuno, Bing Labrador, Alex Cruz, Bobot Guerrero, Clifford Ho, Larry Martinez and Tony Rodriguez.
The Juan Dela Cruz Band released 11 albums from 1971 to 2008. Among the iconic songs of the Filipino rock band are “No Touch,” “Balong Malalim,” “Titser’s Enemi No. 1,” “Himig Natin” and “Beep Beep.”
Meanwhile, here are Pepe and Hanopol in a press conference with their fellow Filipino rock band legends in 2018: