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Trini Lopez passed away from COVID-19 aged 83

music news 13/08/2020

One of the early '60s folk-rock pioneers, Trini Lopez has died on 11th August from the effects of COVID-19 in a hospital in Palm Springs, California.

And here he is dying of something he was trying to fight

The singer, guitarist and actor's death was confirmed by songwriting and business partner Joe Chavira. Lopez's personal assistant has also confirmed his passing.

Chavira said he and Lopez just finished recording a song 'If By Now,' a tune meant to raise money for food banks during COVID-19. “And here he is dying of something he was trying to fight,” Chavira said.

From 1963-1969, Lopez was signed to Reprise Records, placing 18 singles on the Billboard chart. One of his most well known songs were 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Lemon Tree'.

Johnny Rivers and Jefferson Airplane singer, Marty Balin, were among musicians who were heavily influenced by Lopez.