Born 10 years after his parents crossed the Rio Grande in search of a better life, Trinidad Lopez was born in Dallas in 1937. Introduced to the guitar by his dad, Trini Lopez headed for Los Angeles in 1960. Three years later, Lopez was ready to call it quits when Frank Sinatra, then principal owner of Reprise Records, heard Lopez’s recorded tape and signed him to an exclusive contract. The same tape that landed him his contract evolved into his first album, “Trini Lopez at P.J.’s.” His single “If I had a Hammer” sold over 4 million copies, making Lopez an overnight sensation. Lopez continues to perform worldwide and is involved in numerous philanthropies.
About The Author
Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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