It is with great sadness to report that Daryl Dragon of ’70s pop sensations Captain & Tennille died of renal failure Wednesday, Jan. 2, at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona, with former wife Toni Tennille by his side, according to reports.
He was 76.
They topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1975 with a debut single that became the biggest-selling record of the year, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”
“He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him,” Tennille said in a statement. Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after nearly 40 years of marriage, but they remained close and Tennille had moved back to Arizona to help care for him.
Their best-known hits included “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “The Way I Want to Touch You,” “Lonely Night (Angel Face),” “Shop Around,” “Muskrat Love,” “You Never Done it Like That” and second chart-topper “Do That To Me One More Time.”
A Los Angeles native, Dragon was the son of Oscar-winning composer Carmen Dragon and singer Eloise Dragon and was himself a classically trained musician. 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 sailor’s caps.
He is survived by his older brother, Doug Dragon, and two nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.
Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories.