Via Con Dios to Trini Lopez (1937-2020)


Story from Variety Magazine, Aug. 11, 2020

Trini Lopez, Singer and Actor in ‘The Dirty Dozen,’ Dies of COVID-19 at 83

Palm Springs Life magazine first reported his death; he was a longtime resident of the desert enclave. Filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes had recently completed a documentary about his life, which was featured in the magazine. See the full story and reader comments by CLICKING HERE

Here at Puget Sound Media, we are featuring a video of Trini’s biggest hit “If I Had A Hammer.” Released in 1963, it was a cover of  a Weavers’ folk classic. Lopez’s rendition peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it reached #1 in many countries around the world. Trini had a few more hits, including the folk tune, “Lemon Tree,” which peaked at #20 on the Billboard chart in 1965.


Credit: Thanks to Gary “Shannon” Burleigh for sending along this story from Variety Magazine. News tips are always appreciated.

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Author: Steven Smith

Presently editor and historical writer with Puget Sound Media in Seattle. Former radio broadcaster and radio station owner, 1970-1999. Journalism and speech communications degrees. I enjoy researching articles and online reporting that allows me to meld together words, audio and video. P.S. I appreciate and encourage reader comments and opinions.

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