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LOPEZ, Trini

(b Trinidad Lopez III, 15 May '37, Dallas TX) Folk-pop singer. Played guitar at 15 in Dallas clubs; formed combo to tour Southwest; Don Costa discovered him at PJ's Hollywood club, prod. hits on Reprise which were likeable and refreshing, especially on juke boxes. Peter Paul and Mary had top ten hit with Pete Seeger's 'If I Had A Hammer' '62; Lopez/Costa version (from no. 2 LP Trini Lopez At PJ's) went to no. 2 '63, getting more out of a good song than PPM's soporific harmonies. Three others made top 40 ('Kansas City', 'Lemon Tree', 'I'm Comin' Home, Cindy'); 14 LPs charted '63--7, nine in top 50. Good party music then; later Transformed By Time was on Roulette. He also appeared in film The Dirty Dozen '67, allegedly so difficult on set that the script was rewritten to kill him off early.