Daryl Dragon, the hat-wearing musician familiar to 1970’s music fans as half of the bestselling duo the Captain & Tennille, died Tuesday of renal failure in Prescott, Arizona. Dragon’s ex-wife, Toni Tennille, “was with him as he took his last breath,” said a spokesperson for the singer. “Love Will Keep Us Together,” the title track from the duo’s 1975 debut album, reached No. 1 in July of 1975 and won the top Record of the Year prize at the following year’s Grammy Awards. “Do That to Me One More Time,” the last of their big hits, also reached the top of the chart, in 1979. In the interval, the Captain & Tennille reached the top 10 with “Muskrat Love,” “The Way I Want to Touch You,” “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” and “Shop Around.” His stage moniker was said to have been coined by Mike Love during the late ’60s and early ’70’s period when Dragon was a keyboard player for the Beach Boys; the perennial captain’s hat followed to cement the persona. The duo’s variety show ran for one season on ABC and was followed by a series of annual specials. Dragon, who was virtually a silent partner in the duo, was said to be uncomfortable being on television, which contributed to the demise of their well-viewed series in 1977. Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014, after being married for 39 years. Tennille released her memoir in 2016. Tennille’s spokesperson said “they remained in constant contact and were dear friends to the end… Toni has asked that all of Daryl’s many fans remember him as she does, with love and a grateful heart for the music they created together”. Dragon was 76.
(Source: Variety; Image: Pinterest)