Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Captain and Tennille's Daryl Dragon dies at 76

Captain and Tennille's Daryl Dragon dies at 76

Captain and Tennille had mega-hits like "Love Will Keep Us Together", "Muskrat Love" and "Do That To Me One More Time". 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.

"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.

"Captain" Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille of the music duo The Captain and Tennille, in 2005. His former wife, Tennille (they'd divorced in 2014) was by his side, as the two are said to have "remained close" despite the dissolution of their marriage.

The Captain and Tennille had a run of easy-listening hits in the 1970s, including the chart-topping Love Will Keep Us Together.

The two also hosted their own television variety series on ABC from 1976 to 77.

While another added: "RIP Daryl Dragon".

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In a statement, Tennille said, "He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly".

The couple made a decision to split in 2014, but they remained close over the years, and she reportedly moved to Arizona to take care of him.

The son of Hollywood composer Carmen Dragon and his singer wife, Eloise, Dragon was a gifted musician who used the Captain persona to hide his extreme anxiety, Tennille said. They married in 1975, a year after they signed a deal with A&M Records. "He was a genius of the keyboard and along with Toni Tennille achieved great success as the Captain & Tennille".

Boll asked that any donations being made in Dragon's name be made to organizations doing research into brain diseases and conditions such as Parkinson's Disease or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Captain and Tennille performing in 2007.

Love - Beach Boys co-founder with his cousins Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson - gave Dragon the nickname "Captain" after the musician started playing keyboard for the band in 1967 and showed his affinity for wearing a captain's hat onstage.

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