Lopez was born in Dallas, Texas, on May 13, 1937. [2] Owners of the guitar include Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters[22] and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Lopez left the group and made his first solo recording, his own composition "The Right To Rock", for the Dallas-based Volk Records, and then signed with King Records in 1959, recording more than a dozen singles for that label, none of which charted. Most albums are on the Reprise label, unless otherwise indicated. He was heard there by Frank Sinatra, who had started his own label, Reprise Records, and who subsequently signed Lopez. Both of these guitars were in production from 1964 until 1971, and are now highly sought-after among collectors. It has been suggested that this section be, "Trini Lopez, Singing Star Who Mixed Musical Styles, Dies at 83", "Trini Lopez, 1960s-era singer mentored by Sinatra, dies", "Ramblin' Featuring Green, Green – The New Christy Minstrels", "Music Man – Songwriter Will Holt | PORTLAND MAGAZINE", "Legacy: My Texas Roots – Trini Lopez – Credits – AllMusic", "Legacy: My Texas Roots – Trini Lopez – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic", "Trini López, whose roots in Dallas' Little Mexico preceded a stunning musical career, dies at 83", "Andre Rieu & Friends: Live In Maastricht VII", "Dave Grohl – Exclusive Studio Tour video", "Trini Lopez List of Movies and TV Shows", "Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated", "Trini Lopez, Singer and Actor in 'The Dirty Dozen,' Dies of COVID-19 at 83", "Trini Lopez, "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree" Singer, Dies of COVID-19 at 83", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Trini_Lopez&oldid=986167786, Spanish-language singers of the United States, Deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic in California, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Pages with Split section templates needing conversion of 2 to discuss, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, On May 15, 2008, his 71st birthday, Lopez was inducted into the, This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 06:02. [2] Lopez's first film role was in Marriage on the Rocks (1965), in which he made a cameo appearance in a nightclub scene; Lopez's soundtrack song, "Sinner Man", became a hit single (no. I just happen to like the chorus.” [10] On the adult contemporary chart, he racked up 15 hits, including the top-10 singles "Michael" (1964), "Gonna Get Along Without Ya' Now" (1967), and "The Bramble Bush" (1967). His other hits included "Lemon Tree", "I'm Comin' Home, Cindy" and "Sally Was a Good Old Girl".

[9], Lopez scored 13 chart singles through 1968, including "Lemon Tree" (1965), "I'm Comin' Home, Cindy" (1966), and "Sally Was a Good Old Girl" (1968). 3 in the United States), and was a radio favorite for many years. [6], His debut live album, Trini Lopez at PJ's (R/RS 6093), was released in 1963. In 1968, he recorded an album in Nashville entitled Welcome to Trini Country (R/RS 6300). He continued his musical career with extensive tours of Europe and Latin America during this period; an attempt to break out by releasing a disco album in 1978 proved a flop. He was one of The Dirty Dozen (1967), appeared as himself in The Phynx (1970), and played the title role in Claudio Guzman's Antonio (1973). The soundtrack, released as The Trini Lopez Show, has … He made two appearances (playing different characters) on the television program Adam-12. [2] He dropped out of high school in his senior year in order to earn money to help support the family.[2][4].

He grew up on Ashland Street in the Little Mexico neighborhood of Dallas[3] and attended grammar school and N. R. Crozier Tech High School. Trinidad López III (May 15, 1937 – August 11, 2020) was an American singer, guitarist, and actor. Beyond his success on record, he became one of the country's top nightclub performers of that era, regularly headlining in Las Vegas. In 1969, NBC aired a Trini Lopez variety special featuring surf guitar group The Ventures, and Nancy Ames as guests. He ended up designing two: the Trini Lopez Standard,[20] a rock and roll model based on the Gibson ES-335 semihollow body, and the Lopez Deluxe,[21] a variation of a Gibson jazz guitar designed by Barney Kessel. [16], Lopez was still recording and appearing live in the years leading up to his death. The album used the "Texas Roots Combo" including Lopez, Greenhaw, and Lopez's brother, Jesse. [1] His first album included a cover version of "If I Had a Hammer", which earned a Golden Disc for him.

[11], Lopez produced a single promoting the Coca-Cola soft drink Fresca in 1967. His father, Trinidad Lopez II, worked as a singer, dancer, actor, and musician in Mexico; his mother was Petra Gonzalez. "[15] Thereafter, Lopez focused on charitable work. He designed two guitars for the Gibson Guitar Corporation, which are now collectors’ items. Price Guide Recently Listed Email Alerts Refine Search Results.

[4] He was 83, and suffered from complications of COVID-19.[28][29][30]. [7] The album included a version of "If I Had a Hammer", which reached number one in 36 countries (no.

[13] The soundtrack, released as The Trini Lopez Show, has him singing his hits with The Ventures as his backing band.[2].

It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He landed a steady engagement at the nightclub PJ's, where his audience grew quickly.

In late 1962, after the King contract expired, Lopez followed up on an offer by producer Snuff Garrett to join the post-Holly Crickets as vocalist. Later in 2013, Lopez told Portland Magazine, “People ask about ‘Lemon Tree’ all the time. Sources:[11][31] [2], During the 1960s and 1970s, Lopez moved into acting, though his film career was not as successful as his music. It’s a very catchy tune. They married in their hometown of Moroleón, Guanajuato, prior to moving to Dallas. In 1977, he played the role of Julio Ramirez in “The Mystery of the Silent Scream” which was part of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries TV series. [2] Lopez has four sisters (two are deceased) and a brother, Jesse, who is also a singer. Lopez produced a single promoting the Coca-Cola soft drink Fresca in 1967. [2] His nephew, Trini Martinez, was the drummer for the Dallas indie rock band Bedhead. [5] In 1957, at the recommendation of Buddy Holly's father, Trini and his group "The Big Beats" went to producer Norman Petty in Clovis, New Mexico. Lopez,trini - Sings His Greatest Hits Presented By Fresca : Tracklist (Vinyl) A1 : A-Me-Ri-Ca : A2 : Kansas City : B1 : If I Had A Hammer : B2 : The Blizzard Song * Items below may differ depending on the release.

It’s one of my most favorite requested songs. [8] He also performed his own version of the traditional Mexican song "La Bamba" on the album; his recording of the tune was later reissued as a single in 1966.

He took part in a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami,[17] and appeared as a guest performer in a number of shows held in Maastricht in the Netherlands with the Dutch violinist and composer André Rieu. Petty secured a contract for them with Columbia Records, which released the single "Clark's Expedition"/"Big Boy", both instrumental. [23][24], Lopez remained a lifelong bachelor and had no children. [12] In 1969, NBC aired a Trini Lopez variety special featuring surf guitar group The Ventures, and Nancy Ames as guests.

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Around 1955/56 Trini Lopez and his band worked at The Vegas Club, a nightclub owned by Jack Ruby, the man who assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald. [2] Another live album from PJ's was recorded later that same year under the title By Popular Demand More Trini Lopez at PJ's (R/RS 6103),[2] which contains the song "Green Green" which was written by Randy Sparks and Barry McGuire and originally recorded by the New Christy Minstrels earlier that year for their Columbia album Ramblin. Lopez formed his first band in Wichita Falls, Texas, at the age of 15. [18] He continued to record; El Immortal was released in 2010, and the following year he released his 65th album, Into The Future. [14] Said reviewer Steve Leggett of AllMusic, "The album has an easygoing feel very similar to Lopez's classic live sets from the 1960s, only it rocks a good deal harder. After a few weeks of auditions in Los Angeles, that idea did not go through. [27], Lopez died on August 11, 2020, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. In 2002, Lopez teamed with Art Greenhaw for Legacy: My Texas Roots. [2][19], Lopez' popularity led the Gibson Guitar Corporation to ask him in 1964 to design a guitar for them. 12 adult contemporary).