Juaneco y Su Combo died on July 20, 2017.
He was a Peruvian cumbia band formed in Pucallpa, Peru in 1966.
He was originally founded by the amateur saxophonist Juan Wong Paredes as Juaneco y su Conjunto.
During 1969, Paredes handed over control of the band to his son, Juan Wong Popolizio, who subsequently renamed it “Juaneco y su Combo”.
In the early 1970’s, the band’s popularity peaked, and they became one of the most innovative Peruvian cumbia bands at the time and a pioneer in the jungle cumbia genre.
The group members performed in headgear made from parrot feathers and cotton tunics, similar to the Shipibo people of Peru.
During 1977, five of the band’s members died in a plane crash.
Juaneco y Su Combo passed away at 75 years old.