Trini Lopez, the late singer and guitarist who had success with “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree” and starred in the classic war movie The Dirty Dozen, has left an indelible mark on Foo Fighters.
The world has lost “another myth,” wrote Dave Grohl and Co as news of Lopez’s departure spread through news outlets.
The comprehensive player “not only left behind a beautiful musical legacy of his own, but also inadvertently helped shape the sound of Foo Fighters from day one,” a post on Foos’s official social channels .
“Every album we’ve ever made, from the first album to the newest, has been recorded using my red 1967 Trini Lopez guitar. It was the sound of our band, and my most precious possession since the day I bought it in 1992, ”the tribute continued. “Thank you Trini for all your contributions. You will be remembered by many, remembered by all. RIP Trini Lopez. “
Lopez is presumed dead Tuesday (August 11) in Palm Springs, after a battle with the new coronavirus. He is 83 years old.
The Dallas native and the son of Mexican immigrants were signed by Frank Sinatra to his record label Reprise Records, and he has recorded more than 60 albums in his lifetime.
Lopez’s “If I Had a Hammer” version, written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963, and his cut is “Lemon Tree”, by Will Holt. writing, reaching 20th place in 1965.
He portrayed a criminal named Pedro Jimenez in The Dirty Dozen, and has worked with Gibson Guitar Corp. to design a signature guitar pair.
Read Foo Fighters’ compliments below.