Trini Lopez, singer and Dirty Dozen actor, dies

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Rolling Stone Magazine

August 13, 2020

Mexican-American singer Trini Lopez, who had a hit in 1963 with his version of If I Had A Hammer and played one of The Dirty Dozen, has died at 83.

Lopez, an accomplished guitarist, was mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra and designed two instruments for the Gibson Guitar Corporation.

Lopez died in Palm Springs, California, of complications from coronavirus.

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters was among those paying tribute, saying he had left “a beautiful music legacy”.

He called his own Trini Lopez guitar his “most prized possession” and said it had been “the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one”.

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