Singer and Guitarist Trini Lopez Has Passed Away at the Age of 83
Singer and guitarist Trini Lopez has passed away at the age of 83.
The American singer of Mexican descent who had a big hit with the song If I Had a Hammer died Tuesday in a hospital in Palm Springs, California, Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported.
According to his colleague and business partner Joe Chavira, Lopez has died of Covid-19.
Under the name Trinidad López III, he grew up in Texas as the son of Mexican immigrants. He was discovered by singer Frank Sinatra who got him a record deal.
With his 1963 version of the song If I Had a Hammer, he achieved a number 1 hit in 25 countries. Lopez also had hits with Lemon Tree and La Bamba, among others.
Lopez also starred in several films, such as in 1967’s The Dirty Dozen alongside Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson. He performed until old age.
In 2013 he was a guest in André Rieu’s summer concerts at the Vrijthof in Maastricht.