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Trini Lopez, singer and Dirty Dozen actor, dead at 83

11 August 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 (1967), has died at the age of 83 of complications from coronavirus.

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

In the mid-60s he was releasing as many as five albums a year, though that slowed in the late 70s. While he continued performing, he released very little music until 2000, when he began recording again and released a further six albums.

He also starred in a self-titled TV variety show in 1969.