Daryl Dragon of ‘The Captain and Tennille’ dies at age 76

January 3, 2019

Daryl Dragon of ‘The Captain and Tennille’ dies at age 76

Daryl Dragon, the male half of the musical group The Captain and Tennille, died Wednesday of renal failure.

He was 76.

Dragon began his musical career playing keyboard with the Beach Boys in the late ’60s and early ’70s, during which time he earned his iconic nickname from lead singer Mike Love — Dragon frequently donned a captain’s hat onstage for performances.

In 1971, Toni Tennille hired Dragon to play piano for her in the “Mother Earth” musical. She then joined the Beach Boys on tour and she and Dragon began a professional and personal relationship that spanned decades.

The duo found almost immediate success with a rendition of “Love Will Keep Us Together” in early 1975, eventually winning a Grammy Award for the record.

Follow-up hits included “Do That to Me One More Time,” “Shop Around,” “I’m On My Way” and “Muskrat Love.”

Between 1975 and 1979, five of their albums hit gold or platinum.

Dragon and Tennille were married in 1975 and stayed together until they divorced in 2014.

“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, told the Hollywood Reporter.

She was by his side at a hospice center in Prescott, Arizona, when he died early Wednesday.

Dragon is survived by his older brother and two nieces.


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