Daryl Dragon, of ‘The Captain and Tennille,’ dead at 76

Daryl Dragon 'Captain' of Captain and Tennille dead at 76

Daryl Dragon (1942 - 2019) was one half of the 1970s soft rock superstar duo Captain and Tennille.

Dragon, known widely as "Captain", died of renal failure while in hospice in Precott, Ariz., where his former wife and musical partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side, the Arizona Republic reported.

Follow-up hits included "Do That to Me One More Time", "Shop Around", "I'm On My Way" and "Muskrat Love".

In this February 28, 1976 file photo, Daryl Dragon and his wife Toni Tennille, of the Captain & Tennille, hold the Grammy award they won for record of the year for "Love Will Keep Us Together", at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. "I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him", Tennille said in a statement of remembrance.

In 2014, Tennille filed for divorce, ending their 39-year marriage, but the two remained friends.

Speaking out following her ex-husband's death, Tennille described their close bond and praised her ex-hubby's incredible talent.




Love Will Keep Us Together won a Grammy for record of the year and not only made the Captain and Tennille stars, but helped further revive Sedaka's career. His father was Oscar-winning composer Carmen Dragon while his mother, Eloise Dragon, was a singer.

Dragon and Tennille formed Captain and Tennille in 1974 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their single "Love Will Keep Us Together".

Dragon was a classically trained pianist who worked a keyboardist for the Beach Boys in the late '60s and early 1970s. Before he was with Tennille, he played keyboards for the Beach Boys and was dubbed The Captain by singer Mike Love, who noted Dragon's fondness for sea captain's caps.

He met Tennille when they both toured for the Beach Boys, and they began performing together. They married in 1975, a year after they signed a deal with A&M Records. They did do three annual specials for ABC, "Captain and Tennille in Hawaii", then "Captain and Tennille in New Orleans", and ending with 1980's "Captain and Tennille Songbook".

Dragon is survived by his brother, Doug Dragon, and nieces Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.

According to his obituary, at Daryl's request, there will be no services and instead, suggested donations to organisations conducting research into neurological conditions.

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