Lopez started playing in bands at 15 and in 1958, his group the Big Beats signed with Columbia Records after recording with Buddy Holly producer Norman Petty.
According to the BBC, he had just finished recording a song to help raise money for food banks providing help to those affected by the pandemic. "And here he is dying of something he was trying to fight", Chavira told the Associated Press.
Shortly thereafter, Trini went solo, first unsuccessfully with King Records in 1962. His hit singles include "If I Had a Hammer", "Lemon Tree", "I'm Comin' Home, Cindy", "Sally was a Good Girl". Forthcoming Sinatra got Lopez performing during his residency and in 1963, Sinatra marked Lopez to Reprise Records. The album also included his take on the traditional Mexican song, "La Bamba".
You might not immediately connect the dots of '50s, '60s and '70s singing star Trini Lopez when you think of modern day rockers Foo Fighters, but with Lopez's death Tuesday (Aug. 11), Dave Grohl revealed there is a significant tie in his career to Lopez.
"Today the world sadly lost yet another legend", Grohl wrote in an Instagram post.
In a tribute posted earlier today, Grohl wrote: "Trini not only left a handsome musical legacy of his own, but also unknowingly helped shape the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one". Thank you, Trini for all of your contributions.
His acting career began around the same time, first in an appearance in the movie Marriage On The Rocks with Sinatra and Dean Martin.
As an actor, Lopez starred in the 1967 was film The Dirty Dozen directed by Robert Aldrich, opposite stars including Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas and John Cassavetes in an Oscar-nominated role. Beyond the big screen, he appeared on several TV shows, including Adam-12. Filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes had recently completed a documentary about his life, which was featured in the magazine.