Captain and Tennille’s Daryl Dragon lifeless at 76

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Daryl Dragon — one half of 1970s easy-listening duo the Captain and Tennille — has died. He was 76.

The captain-hat-wearing keyboardist died of kidney failure in Prescott, Ariz., on Wednesday with ex-wife and former performing associate Toni Tennille by his facet, a spokesman mentioned.

“He was an excellent musician with many buddies who cherished him tremendously. I used to be at my most artistic in my life, after I was with him,” Tennille mentioned in an announcement.

The pair had been married in 1974 as a result of “the report firm was uncomfortable with” them dwelling collectively out of wedlock, Tennille revealed in her 2016 memoir.

And love stored them collectively for 40 years — till Tennille divorced him over intimacy points in 2014.

Nonetheless, she moved to Arizona to assist look after Dragon throughout his earthly coda.

Dragon, the son of Oscar-winning composer Carmen Dragon and singer Eloise Dragon, was a classically educated musician who reduce his enamel with the Seaside Boys — the place he
earned his moniker from singer Mike Love for all the time sporting a nautical cap.

However he later made a reputation for himself performing with Tennille starting within the 1970s.

The husband-and-wife performers first discovered a large viewers with their Grammy Award-winning cowl of the Neil Sedaka-Howard Greenfield track “Love Will Maintain Us Collectively” on their same-named break-out report.

“#RIP Daryl Dragon, The Captain, an important musician, keyboard participant and pal for over 40 years,” Sedaka wrote on Twitter. “He took ‘Love Will Maintain Us Collectively,’ made it his personal with the magic of his taking part in and her unbelievable voice. My sympathy to his household and to @ToniTennille.”

Covers corresponding to “Muskrat Love” and “Store Round” grew the group’s fan base, and their s writing chops received widespread acclaim in 1980 when their unique tune “Do That to
Me One Extra Time” spent every week on the high of the Billboard Sizzling 100.

With Publish wires

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