Deep Dive: Trini Lopez, TRINI
52 years ago this month, Trini Lopez released his 12th album on Reprise Records, which is an impressive accomplishment by itself, but itâs made even more so by the fact that Lopezâs stint on the label only started in 1963!
TRINI was produced and arranged by Don Costa, whose other credits included work with Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and Ferrante and Teicher, but heâd been working with Lopez for several years by that point. (Itâs probably not a coincidence that their first collaboration took place in 1963, which was, as we noted in the opening paragraph, the same year Lopez kicked off his association with Reprise.) The album featured Lopez putting his own spin on a number of already-familiar tunes, including âFly Me to the Moon,â âBaby, The Rain Must Fall,â âThe Shadow of Your Smile,â and â lest anyone accuse him of not being contemporary â The Beatlesâ âYesterday.â
While TRINI didnât prove to be a fount of hits for Lopez, it did at least result in one top-40 track: âIâm Cominâ Home, Cindy,â which made it to #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 before starting its descent. In fairness to Lopez, however, it was a very strange time in popular music, one where you never knew who was going to be your competition, as evidenced by the fact that the week TRINI debuted on the Billboard 200, it was in competition with MRS. MILLERâS GREATEST HITS.
We donât know about you, but on the whole, weâd rather listen to TRINI.
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