Trini Lopez, an actor, singer and guitarist, plays the lead role Dirty Dozen an actor and already has hits with “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree” – featured in a popular movie Seinfeld episode – died today in Palm Springs. He is 83 years old. Palm Springs Life The magazine reported but did not give a cause of death. One source told Deadline it was from COVID-19.
Lopez was a recording star when he was cast as Pedro Jiminez – aka Number 10 – in Dirty Dozen, the 1967 World War II television series with many stars directed by Robert Aldrich. It follows the story of a rebellious US Army Major (Lee Marvin), who is assigned to dozens of murderers sentenced to train and lead them on a mass assassination mission. German officers. Its cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland.
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Lopez also appeared in the Frank Sinatra-Dean Martin race Marriage on the rock (1965), Poppy is also a flower (1966), The Phynx (1970) and starred in Antonio (In 1973). He also guest-starred in series like Adam-12 and The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Secret; by the guest Hullabaloo a few times; has appeared on some games and chat programs, and many specials; and sing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Andy Williams Show and some others.
Born in Trinidad Lopez to Mexican immigrant parents on May 15, 1937, in Dallas, he was born in Dallas by Sinatra, who signed a permanent contract with his young singer Reprise Records. The Warner Bros. Mark will release all of Lopez’s albums in the 1960s.
Lopez boomed as a singer with the “If I Had a Hammer” version by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, spending three weeks at No. 3 on the Billboard 100 in the summer of 1963. It was dropped from the LP Trini Lopez at PJ’s, won the gold award and spent 101 weeks on the Billboard album chart. The disc spent six weeks at No. 2, thwarted by Andy Williams’s Days of Wine and Roses and the debut of the 12-year-old prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder.
Songs and albums will be the pinnacle of Lopez’s recording career, but he continued to rank albums in the late 60s – including his 1963 next album. Add Trini Lopez at PJ’s. entered the top 20 – and there were fewer pop hits with “Kansas City” in 1963 and “Lemon Tree” two years later. The following song became a popular story in episode 2 of NBC’s Seinfeld. In “Phone messages”, when George (Jason Alexander) and Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) take unusual measures to get tapes of an angry phone message George leaves to a potential girlfriend, “signal” of they were from person to person that she was going to catch them what they would be. sing a line from “Lemon Tree”.
“Peter, Paul and Mary,” George said as Jerry suggested. “No, Trini Lopez,” Jerry corrected.
Lopez is the subject of an upcoming documentary titled My name is Lopez, which includes interviews with likes Dirty Dozen co-stars Brown, Dionne Warwick, Tony Orlando and ZZ’s top guitarist Billy Gibbons. Its producers were P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes; Then post on Lopez’s death on social media today: