'60s singer Trini Lopez, 83, dies while battling coronavirus

The “If I Had a Hammer” singer was mentored by Frank Sinatra and opened for the Beatles.

8/12/2020 8:23:00 AM

Singer Trini Lopez, who enjoyed a heyday in the 1960s with hits including “If I Had a Hammer” and “This Land Is Your Land,” died Tuesday from complications related to coronavirus, collaborators said. He was 83.

The “If I Had a Hammer” singer was mentored by Frank Sinatra and opened for the Beatles.

It all started when his father, a onetime musician, bought Lopez a Gibson guitar for $12.A break came when rock 'n' roll star Buddy Holly saw Lopez perform and introduced him to his entourage. After Holly's death in 1959, Lopez was asked to perform with the pop star's band, the Crickets, so he moved to Los Angeles and eventually embarked on a series of solo club gigs in the early 1960s.

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At one club, Frank Sinatra saw him perform and signed him to his label, Reprise, for an eight-year term, Guerrero wrote. The deal produced the hits “If I Had a Hammer,” “This Land Is Your Land,” and “Lemon Tree."He received anomination for Best New Artist in 1963.

Guerrero describes the Trini Lopez sound as one influenced by folk music but with a Latin flare.Lopez opened for the Beatles in Paris for show series in 1963 and later developed a friendship with Elvis Presley.Singer/actor Trini Lopez passed away August 11 of complications from COVID-19 in Palm Springs, California. He was 83 years old.

Peter Bischoff / Getty Images fileIn 1964, Gibson created a Trini Lopez model that the guitar makers says on"is also favored by many other famous musicians from Dave Grohl to Noel Gallagher." Gibson later reissued the instrument and offered it for $5,499.

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Thank you for the memories Trini Lopez. May you sing with the angels now. Very sad. RIO Trini Lopez Sad day. Play on, Trini.❤️ Rest in Peace... Trini Lopez. his signature gibson guitars were so cool. i was always bummed out that his character in 'the dirty dozen' died during the drop. wadda run he had. I always liked his cover of 'Lemon Tree.'

😥🙏 How sad.😞 Hmmm may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace Awe I will miss you & I’m saddened that you are now gone; just know I use to sing 🎤 your songs when I was in Elementary school each day to start our day; You will be in my thoughts & prayers for the next 2 weeks, RIP with ox. 😔 skatefan78 😔

What a horrible year this has been.... R.i.P. 🕯 Dr. Yan Limeng spoke for the first time: The new crown virus is a product of the Chinese Communist People’s Liberation Army Virus Laboratory! Face the truth about the virus, save your family, save the world! 😔❤️ Sad 😢 Rip. Loved your music. R.I P. 💔 bratz5321 RIP 🙏

IAmSophiaNelson Wow memories as a kid RIP 🙏🏾 Que descanse en paz Condolence to the family😢 He had a wonderful personality and voice. Geez.....💔 So sad to hear this. We sang “this land is your land” in grade school. Rest In Peace Mr Lopez. ♥️ Oh no. He had an acting career too. No more Ya-Ya. EllenBWriter Oh, I loved Trini Lopez! This is very sad. 💔

🙏🏻 Darn, a great musician. I love his version of “If I Had a Hammer” very catchy. May he Rest In Peace. Rest in Peace !! alisonmartino NBC News finally picked the story up. A different this land is your land then woody Guthrie ?

60s Pop Singer Trini Lopez Dead At 83The singer's biggest hits include “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” 💔 Who? DirtyDozen denizen!

Trini Lopez, 'If I Had a Hammer' Singer and Actor, Dead at 83 From CoronavirusFrank Sinatra-signed artist, whose 1960s hits included “Lemon Tree,” also acted in The Dirty Dozen thats sad even tho idk him ☹️ chuckgreeson Dallas guy. Ohh, sweet memories! RIP

Trini Lopez, 1960s-era singer mentored by Sinatra, diesRIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday.... ☹️ RIP Trini

Trini Lopez, 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Lemon Tree' Singer, Dies of COVID-19 at 83He also designed Gibson guitars and appeared in such films as &39;Dirty Dozen&39; and &39;Marriage on the Rocks.&39; This is very sad news! Tony Lopez ? Rip sir

Trini Lopez Dies Of COVID-19: ‘Dirty Dozen’ Actor & ‘If I Had A Hammer’ Singer Was 83Trini Lopez, an actor and singer who co-starred The Dirty Dozen actor and had hits with “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree” — which was referenced in a popular Seinfeld episode — died today in Palm Springs. He was 83. What a weird thing to do: shoehorning “Seinfeld” into this. Strange.

Trini Lopez, 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Lemon Tree' Singer, Dies of COVID-19 at 83Trini López, the singer and guitarist who in the 1960s had hits with the songs 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Lemon Tree' and appeared in the classic war movie 'The Dirty Dozen,' has died May his soul rest in peace. 🙏 😢RIP BruceABaldwin2 Didn't ' If I had a hammer ' influence Bruce Coburns ' if I had a rocket launcher ' ? 😉