Happy Birthday, Tim Cappello (The Original Sexy Sax Man)

Tim Capello 1983

Tim (or Timmy) Cappello is heavily-muscled, oiled and pelvis-thrusting American saxophonist, whose saxual stylings can be heard on the Tina Turner tracks “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “One of the Living” from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as his cover of “I Still Believe” from The Lost Boys.

Tim Cappelo

Cappello was born 3 May 1955 in Silver Lake, New York (as with Los Angeles’s neighborhood of the same name, properly spelled with two words). Cappello not only plays the saxophone, but also the harmonica, guitar, keyboards and drums. His professional career began working with comedian/Oscar host Billy Crystal, providing musical accompaniment for Crystal’s comedy stylings.

In addition to playing in Tina Turner’s band from 1984 to 1999, he recorded with Robert Kraft & Ivory Coast, The Flirts, Carly Simon, Eric Carmen, Peter Gabriel, Karen Carpenter and Ringo Starr. After appearing in the video for “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” Cappello embarked on an acting career, appearing in Miami Vice (1987), The Equalizer (1987), Hearts of Fire (1987), Tap (1989), and What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993), but no role was as memorable as his cameo in The Lost Boys (1987). The scene of him covering a song by The Call on the beach was, to my mind, the most frightening part of the film.

As a songwriter, Cappello has written for and with The Ken Dolls and the PBS series Frontline, Radium City, Jerry Lewis – the Last American Clown, The Rat Pack and Lana Turner… a Daughter’s Memoir.

Sex guy from Lost Boys 2 - The Tribe

In 2008, the sequel, Lost Boys 2 – The Tribe paid homage to Timmy.

Ashley Chafin as Tim Cappello

Cappello was a Halloween costume for artist Ashley Chafin in 2009. When I saw her she said she knew that I’d know who she was. Of course I did!

He was again satirized by Missourian actor Jon Hamm on Saturday Night Live, who played a sexy saxophonist named Sergio in 2010.

Cappello apparently inspired more sexy saxophonists, including Sexy Sax Man Sergio Flores, who was scheduled to play Coachella but was bumped in favor of some dude from MGMT DJing (snore).

Anyway, Happy Birthday to the original sexy sax man! Click here to visit his webpage.

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Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in AmoeblogdiaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft & Folk Art MuseumForm Follows FunctionLos Angeles County StoreSkid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostLos Angeles MagazineLAistEastsider LABoing BoingLos Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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