Trini Lopez, guitarist and singer with performances “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree” climbed the charts in the 1960s and is an actor appearing in films including The Dirty Dozen, died of complications from COVID-19, The Hollywood Reporter report. He is 83 years old.
News has been confirmed THR through composition by Lopez and business partner Joe Chavira. The couple recently completed a song called “If By Now,” which is intended to benefit food banks during the pandemic. “And here he is dying from something he was trying to fight,” Chavira said Relevant press.
Born in Trinidad Lopez II in Dallas, Texas to Mexican parents, Lopez started his music career at the age of 15, when he formed his first band. One of his groups, The Big Beats, signed with Columbia, before he became a solo artist himself and he signed with King Records in the late 50s. a number of singles did not make the chart, he left the label and soon began residing at PJ’s club in Los Angeles. Frank Sinatra caught Lopez performing during his residency and in 1963, Sinatra signed Lopez to Reprise Records.
Lopez’s 1963 debut, a live album titled Trini Lopez at PJ’s, created a number of hits, including his “If I Had a Hammer” demo, written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, hit Number One and eventually reached the gold spot, and version of His “Lemon Tree” was written by Will Holt. The album also includes the traditional Mexican song “La Bamba”. He continued to release albums and hits throughout the ’60s as well as perform at nightclubs across the US, including regularly being a top consumer in Las Vegas.
He also designed two guitars for Gibson, The Trini Lopez Standard and Lopez Deluxe, produced between 1964 and 1971. His guitars were rated by musicians, including Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters. high.
“Today, the world is sad to lose another legend, Trini Lopez. Trini not only left behind a beautiful musical legacy of her own, but also inadvertently shaped the sound of Foo Fighters, ”wrote Grohl on Foo Fighters’ Twitter account. “Every album we’ve ever made, from our first album to our newest one, has been recorded using my red Trini Lopez guitar. It is the sound of our band, and my most valuable possession since the day I bought it in 1992. Thank you Trini for all your donations. “
Besides a music career, Lopez also pursues acting. In 1967, he starred alongside a cast including Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Lee Marvin, Donald Sutherland and Telly Savalas in Robert Aldrich’s. The Dirty Dozen. He also appeared as himself in the 1970 movie The Phynx and starred in the 1973 film Claudio Guzman, Antonio. Aside from the big screen, he has appeared on a number of TV shows, including Adam-12.
Filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes recently ended up filming a documentary about Lopez’s life.