Oral History Information
Trini Lopez became an early Latin-American pop singer with a string of recordings in the late 1950s and 60s including "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree." Frank Sinatra took him under his wing and signed Trini to an eight year record contract that included the talents of Sinatra's arranger Don Costa to oversee Trini's projects. Trini's name recognition prompted Gibson Guitar Company to approach Trini to develop his own signature guitar model. The Trini Lopez model was manufactured from 1964 until 1971 and is still being played by a number of high profile recording artists.