Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

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

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

Captain and Tennille star Daryl Dragon has passed away aged 76, following renal failure.

Along with his wife, Cathryn Antoinette "Toni" Tennille, Dragon released a number of memorable singles, including "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love".

Dragon and wife Toni Tennille were best known for Love Will Keep Us Together, which topped the US charts in 1975. She was with when Dragon when he died, according to Boll's statement.

Tennille's spokesperson said "they remained in constant contact and were dear friends to the end". The next year, while on tour opening for the Beach Boys, Dragon became romantically involved with Tennille, and they eventually got married in 1975 - after finding success with their top hits on the A&M Records music label.

In 2016, Tennille published "Toni Tennille: A Memoir", in which she alleged their marriage was far removed from their cheerful hits. "I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him", Tenille wrote. Reaching the height of their popularity in the 1970s and early 1980s, the couple married and had five albums certified gold or platinum, scoring numerous hits on the U.S. singles charts and hosted their own television variety series on ABC in 1976-77, according to Wikipedia.

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The pair sold the song, "The Way I Want to Touch You", a love song written by Tennille for Dragon, to local radio stations in 1974, and it soon became a listener favorite. Those, too, don't sound like Captain & Tennille's music.

Dragon was born into a musical family. Daryl himself was a classically-trained musician who was from Los Angeles.

The son of Oscar-winning composer Carmen Dragon and singer Eloise Dragon, Daryl is survived by his ex-wife Toni, older 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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