Daryl Dragon, of 'The Captain and Tennille,' dead at 76

03 January, 2019, 10:16 | Author: Donna Miller
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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.

According to CNN, Tennille, who was married to Dragon for nearly 40 years, was by his side in the last moments of his life as per his publicist, Harlan Boll.

They hit the big time in 1975 with their cover of Neil Sedaka's song "Love Will Keep Us Together", which went on to win the 1975 Grammy for Record of the Year. "I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him", she said in a statement.

Dragon and Tennille separated in 2013 and finalized their divorce in 2014. Toni Tennille, Dragon's ex-wife and longtime musical partner, was by his side.

In this February 28, 1976 file photo, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille, of the Captain & Tennille, hold the Grammy award they won for record of the year for "Love Will Keep Us Together", at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

He also included a quote from Tennille: "He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly".

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In 1972, Dragon met Tennille while working on a musical at the South Coast Repertory.

In February 2017, Dragon told People that his health was improving, in part thanks to Tennille, after caregivers had given him the wrong dosage of the medications he had been prescribed.

Tennille would allege that the marriage suffered from lack of intimacy and blamed it on what she described as Dragon's "very, very hard family and "famous but overbearing father". The two formed a romantic relationship after he asked her to tour with The Beach Boys as an acoustic pianist. They soon began playing gigs together in the Los Angeles area, quickly leading to a record deal. Dragon died early Wednesday.

Their first album produced the hit single "Love Will Keep Us Together", which enjoyed multiple weeks atop the Billboard chart.

Dragon is survived by his brother, Doug Dragon, and nieces Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.

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