Aug 12, 2020
By Andy Johnson
He was one of the first Latino artists to find fame in mainstream American entertainment.
Singer and guitarist Trini Lopez has died from complications of COVID-19.
He gained fame back in the 60s with hits like “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer.”
He was mentored by Frank Sinatra and Buddy Holly and became an international sensation performing in English and Spanish. In fact, it was Sinatra who signed Lopez to a record contract after seeing him perform at a Hollywood nightclub.
Lopez also had roles in movies like “The Dirty Dozen” and TV shows like “Adam-12.”
Trini Lopez was 83