Trini Lopez, the late singer and guitarist who had hits with “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree” and starred in the classic war movie The Dirty Dozen, left an indelible mark on Foo Fighters.
The world lost “another legend”, wrote Dave Grohl when the news about Lopez went via news.
The all-rounder “not only left a beautiful musical legacy of himself, but also deliberately helped shape the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one,” reads the post on the official Foos social channels.
“Every album we’ve ever done, from the first to the last, was recorded with my red Trini Lopez signature guitar from 1
Lopez died on Tuesday (August 11) in Palm Springs, after a battle with the new coronavirus. He was 83.
The native and son of Mexican immigrants to Dallas was signed by Frank Sinatra to his Reprise Records label, and he recorded more than 60 albums during his lifetime.
Lopez’s version of “If I Had a Hammer”, written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963, and his version of “Lemon Tree”, written by Will Holt, reached No. 20 in 1965.
He also portrayed a prisoner named Pedro Jimenez in The Dirty Dozenand worked with Gibson Guitar Corp. to design a pair of signature guitars.
Read the Foo Fighters message to Lopez below.