The ‘Captain’ of Captain and Tennille, Daryl Dragon, Dies At 76

The ‘Captain’ of Captain and Tennille, Daryl Dragon, Dies At 76

The ‘Captain’ of Captain and Tennille, Daryl Dragon, Dies At 76

Daryl Dragon, the hat-wearing musician familiar to 1970s music fans as half of the bestselling duo the Captain & Tennille, died Tuesday in Prescott, Arizona at age 76.

Dragon died of renal failure, according to Boll.

The duo was well-known for songs such as "Love Will Keep Us Together", "Do That to Me One More Time" and "Muskrat Love".

They also hosted their own television variety series from 1976-77.

"On behalf of the family and my client, Ms. Toni Tennille (who was with him as he took his last breath), I have just [notified] the media that Daryl Dragon of The Captain and Tennille, has passed away", he wrote. "I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him", she said in a statement.

Daryl and Toni tied the knot in November in 1975 but Toni filed for divorce in 2014, after 39 years of marriage.

Los Angeles-born Daryl was a classically trained musician, who got his start in showbusiness as a keyboard player for The Beach Boys. 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.

Dragon and his wife Toni Tennille had five albums certified gold or platinum in the 1970s.

The Hollywood Reporter said Tennille was with Dragon when he died.

"He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly".

"I loved him with all my heart", said the 75-year-old Tennille.

In 1971, Dragon met Tennille when she hired him to play piano for a musical called Mother Earth. He recommended her for a position with the Beach Boys, and the pair soon began performing together in small clubs and other venues around Southern California.

Dragon said in 2017 that his problems were a result of medication and that he was better. Their breakthrough came in 1975 when they covered the bouncy Neil Sedaka-Howard Greenfield song Love Will Keep Us Together.

An early press photo of Captain & Tennille.

According to his obituary notice, it was claimed at the late performer's request there would be no services, and asked for donations to organisations conducting research into neurological conditions.

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