‘Kawawang Cowboy’ Fred Panopio rides into the sunset at 71.
By NEIL RAMOS
April 23, 2010, 12:22pm
Filipino singer and comedian, Fred Panopio has passed away. He was 71.
According to niece Joy Esguerra Panopio, Panopio succumbed to cardiac arrest. His remains lie at Green Park Pasig.
Panopio rose to fame in the 1970s. Although he was more known as a singer, owing to his success, singing in the unique yodeling style associated with country music, Panopio started out as a bit actor appearing in films alongside Philippine movie greats Jess Lapid and Fernando Poe Jr.
Among earlier films that Panopio did was “Teen-age Crush” (1960), “Tatlong Baraha” (1961), and “Omar Cassidy and the Sandalyas Kid” (1970).
The movie “Dito sa Pitong Gatang,” which makes use of a ditty of the same title that he popularized, was released in 1992.
At the peak of his career, Panopio juggled both singing and acting, releasing comic tunes such as “Mani,” “Mekenie Gold,” “Naku! Inday Bakit Mo Ibinigay,” and “Nasasabik Sa Iyo,” while doing the movies “Baldo Is Coming” (1971) as Billy Dikit, “Gangsters daw kami!” (1971) as Legs Diamond, and “Sweet Caroline” (1971).
The most indelible image of Panopio that stuck to the minds of many, however, is that of the man in cowboy get-up singing on national TV, the tune “Ang Kawawang Cowboy” – his biggest hit next to “Dito sa Pitong Gatang.”
Panopio was last seen as a guest performer on “Wowowee” last year, during which host Willie Revillame addressed him as a “Living Legend.”
Born: 1939, Philippines
Died: 4/22/2010, Pasig City, Philippines
Fred Panopio's westerns - actor:
Omar Cassidy and the Sandalyas Kid - 1970
Baldo is Coming - 1971 (Billy Dikit)