Trini Lopez, the pop singer and guitarist who additionally acted in Robert Aldrich’s “The Soiled Dozen,” died Tuesday of problems from COVID-19.
Palm Springs Life journal first reported his loss of life; he was a longtime resident of the desert enclave. Filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes had lately accomplished a documentary about his life, which was featured within the journal.
Born Trinidad Lopez III in Dallas, Texas, his dad and mom had been each from Mexico. Lopez began enjoying in bands at 15 and in 1958, his group the Huge Beats signed with Columbia Data after recording with Buddy Holly producer Norman Petty. Lopez went solo shortly afterward and signed with King Data, for whom he launched a sequence of unsuccessful singles earlier than leaving the label in 1962. He quickly scored a residency on the Los Angeles nightclub PJ’s, the place Frank Sinatra noticed his present and signed him to his Reprise Data in 1963.
That 12 months, his debut album, “Trini Lopez at PJ’s,” included a canopy of “If I Had a Hammer” that was a worldwide smash, topping the charts in a number of nations and reaching No. three within the U.S. One other reside album adopted, together with extra hits over the following a number of years, together with “Lemon Tree,” “I’m Comin’ House, Cindy,” “Sally Was a Good Previous Lady,” “Michael,” “Gonna Get Alongside With out Ya’ Now” and “The Bramble Bush.”
He starred within the 1967 fictional World Battle II movie “The Soiled Dozen” alongside such stars as Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Lee Marvin, Donald Sutherland and Telly Savalas, however was extra recognizable than many of them on the time as a result of of his profitable musical profession. Lopez additionally appeared on tv in “Adam-12” and “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.” In the course of the peak of his recognition within the mid-1960s, he designed two guitars for the Gibson Guitar firm that are collector’s gadgets.
Whereas his chart successes and appearing roles tailed off after the 1960s, he continued to launch albums and carry out usually — significantly in Las Vegas and his adopted house of Palm Springs. He was awarded a star on Palm Springs’ Stroll of Stars in 1993 and on Las Vegas’ Stroll of Stars in 2008.
Data on survivors was not instantly obtainable.