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Trini Lopez in 1963.
|Birth name||Trinidad López III|
|Born||15 May 1937|
|Occupations||Singer, musician, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals and Guitar|
|Labels||Reprise, Columbia, King, Crown|
Lopez began his entertainment career in Dallas playing at the Vegas Club, a nightclub owned by Jack Ruby. He made his name on the club circuit of the Southwestern United States before being 'discovered' in 1962 playing at the club PJ's in Hollywood, California, by record producer Don Costa. Costa was taken with Lopez's Latinized versions of contemporary hits and signed him up to Frank Sinatra's record label, Reprise Records. His debut live album, Trini Lopez at PJ's (R/RS 6093), was released in 1963. The album included a version of "If I Had a Hammer", which reached number one in 36 countries (No. 3 in the United States) and was a radio favorite for many years. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He also performed his own version of the traditional Mexican song "La Bamba" on the album; his recording of the tune was later re-issued as a single in 1966.
His popularity led the Gibson Guitar Corporation to ask him in 1964 to design a guitar for them. He ended up designing two: The Trini Lopez Standard, a rock and roll model based on the Gibson ES-335 semi-hollow body, and the Lopez Deluxe, a variation of a Gibson jazz guitar designed by Barney Kessel. Both of these guitars were in production from 1964 until 1971 and are now highly sought after amongst collectors. Some owners of the guitar include Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
He scored thirteen chart singles through 1968, including "Lemon Tree" (1965), "I'm Comin' Home, Cindy" (1966) and "Sally Was a Good Old Girl" (1968). On the adult contemporary chart, he racked up 15 hits, including the Top 10 singles "Michael" (1964), "Gonna Get Along Without Ya' Now" (1967) and "The Bramble Bush" (1967). Beyond his success on record, he became one of the country's top nightclub performers of that era, regularly headlining in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1968, he recorded an album in Nashville entitled Welcome to Trini Country (R/RS 6300).
During the 1960s and 1970s Lopez moved into acting, though his film career was not as successful as his music. His first film role was in Marriage on the Rocks (1965), in which he made a cameo appearance in a nightclub scene; Lopez's soundtrack song, "Sinner Man", became a hit single (No. 54 pop/No. 12 adult contemporary). He was one of The Dirty Dozen (1967) and starred in Antonio (1973). He made two appearances (playing different characters) on the television program, Adam 12. He continued his musical career with extensive tours of Europe and Latin America during this period; an attempt to break out by releasing a disco album in 1978 proved a flop. Lopez produced a single promoting the Coca-Cola soft drink Fresca in 1967.
Since then, Lopez has done charitable work and received honors such as being inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2002, Lopez teamed with Art Greenhaw for Legacy: My Texas Roots. The album used the "Texas Roots Combo" including Lopez, Greenhaw and Lopez' brother, Jesse. Said reviewer Steve Leggett of All Music Guide, "The album has an easygoing feel very similar to Lopez' classic live sets from the 1960s, only it rocks a good deal harder."
Hit singles 
|1963||"If I Had a Hammer"||3||–||4||12||–|
|1964||"Sinner Not a Saint"||103||–||–||–||–|
|"Jailer, Bring Me Water"||94||–||–||–||–|
|"What Have I Got of My Own"||43||–||–||–||–|
|1965||"Lemon Tree (Will Holt song)"||20||2||–||–||–|
|"Are You Sincere"||85||25||–||–||20|
|1966||"Made In Paris"||113||36||–||–||–|
|"I'm Comin' Home, Cindy"||39||2||28||–||23|
|"La Bamba Pt. 1"||86||9||–||–||78|
|1967||"Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now"||93||6||41||–||–|
|"Up To Now"||123||–||–||–||–|
|"The Bramble Bush"||–||4||–||–||–|
|1968||"Sally Was a Good Old Girl"||99||30||–||–||–|
|1969||"Come a Little Bit Closer"||121||–||–||–||–|
|"Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'"||133||–||–||–||–|
(Most albums are on the Reprise label, unless otherwise indicated)
- 1963 Trini Lopez at PJ's
- 1963 More Trini Lopez at PJ's
- 1964 On the Move
- 1964 Live at Basin St. East
- 1964 The Latin Album
- 1965 The Folk Album
- 1965 The Love Album
- 1965 The Rhythm and Blues Album
- 1965 The Sing Along World of Trini Lopez
- 1965 Trini Lopez Live in South Africa
- 1966 Trini
- 1966 The Second Latin Album
- 1966 Greatest Hits
- 1967 In London
- 1967 Now!
- 1968 It's a Great Life
- 1968 Welcome to Trini Country
- 1969 The Whole Enchilada
- 1969 The Trini Lopez Show
- 1970 Viva
- 1971 Trini Lopez Live in Tokyo
- 1977 Y Su Alma Latina
- 1978 Transformed By Time
- 1991 The 25th Anniversary Album
- 1998 Dance Party
- 2000 Aylole-Aylola
- 2001 Dance the Night Away
- 2002 Legacy: My Texas Roots
- 2005 Romantic and Sexy Guitars
- 2008 Ramblin' Man
- 2011 Into the Future, Trilo Records
Use of music 
- "A Book of Prayers: To the Heavens from the Stars – Chuck Spinner – Google Books". Books.google.com. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- "Trini Lopez Interview". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- "Billboard – Google Books". Books.google.com. 1965-05-15. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 162. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- "Trini Lopez Standard". Vintage Guitars. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
- "Trini Lopez Deluxe". Vintage Guitars. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Trini López|
- Official site, with detailed biography
- Trini Lopez, from the Texas Monthly website
- Trini López at the Internet Movie Database
- Trini Lopez interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- López at Allmusic.com