Trini Lopez, ‘If I Had a Hammer’ Singer and ‘Dirty Dozen’ Actor, Dies at 83 From Coronavirus

Trini Lopez, the guitarist and artist whose interpretations of “In the event that I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree” climbed the outlines during the 1960s and an entertainer who showed up in films including The Dirty Dozen, has passed on of complexities from COVID-19, the Hollywood Reporter reports. He was 83.

The news was affirmed to THR by means of Lopez’s songwriting and colleague Joe Chavira. The pair had as of late completed a tune called “If By Now,” which was expected to profit food banks during the pandemic. “And here he is dying of something he was trying to fight,” Chavira told the Associated Press.

Conceived Trinidad Lopez III in Dallas, Texas to guardians who were from Mexico, Lopez started his music vocation at 15 years old, when he framed his first band. One of his gatherings, The Big Beats, marked to Columbia, before he struck out all alone as an independent craftsman and he marked to King Records in the late Fifties. In the wake of delivering a few singles that neglected to outline, he left the mark and not long after started a residency at Los Angeles club PJ’s. Forthcoming Sinatra got Lopez performing during his residency and in 1963, Sinatra marked Lopez to Reprise Records.

Lopez’s 1963 Reprise debut, a live collection called Trini Lopez at PJ’s, delivered a few hits, including his interpretation of “If I Had a Hammer,” composed by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays that hit Number One and in the long run accomplished gold status, and his adaptation of the Will Holt-wrote “Lemon Tree.” The collection additionally remembered his take for the customary Mexican tune, “La Bamba.” He kept on delivering collections and hits through the Sixties just as performed dance club all through the U.S., including standard stretches as a Las Vegas main event.

He likewise planned two guitars for Gibson, The Trini Lopez Standard and the Lopez Deluxe, which were created from 1964 through 1971. His guitars are valued by performers, including Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.

“Today the world sadly lost yet another legend, Trini Lopez. Trini not only left a beautiful music legacy of his own, but also unknowingly helped shape the sound of the Foo Fighters,” Grohl tweeted via the Foo Fighters’ Twitter account. “Every album we have ever made, from the first to the latest, was recorded with my red Trini Lopez signature guitar. It is the sound of our band, and my most prized possession from the day I bought it in 1992. Thank you, Trini for all of your contributions.”

Close by his music vocation, Lopez additionally sought after acting. In 1967, he featured close by an outfit cast that included Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Lee Marvin, Donald Sutherland and Telly Savalas in Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen. He likewise showed up as himself in 1970 film The Phynx and featured in the lead spot of Claudio Guzman’s 1973 film, Antonio. Past the big screen, he showed up on a few TV shows, including Adam-12.

Movie producers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes have as of late wrapped shooting a narrative about Lopez’s life.

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