Daryl Dragon, of ‘The Captain and Tennille,’ useless at 76


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NEW YORK (AP) — Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing “Captain” of “The Captain and Tennille” who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such simple listening hits as “Love Will Preserve Us Collectively” and “Muskrat Love,” died Wednesday at age 76.

Dragon died of renal failure at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona, in accordance with spokesman Harlan Boll. Tennille was by his facet.

“He was an excellent musician with many pals who liked him vastly. I used to be at my most artistic in my life, after I was with him,” Tennille stated in an announcement. Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after almost 40 years of marriage, however they remained shut and Tennille had moved again to Arizona to assist take care of him.

Dragon and Tennille met within the early 1970s and shortly started performing collectively, with Tennille singing and Dragon on keyboards. (He would later function the Captain and Tennille’s producer). Their breakthrough got here in 1975 after they lined the Neil Sedaka-Howard Greenfield tune “Love Will Preserve Us Collectively,” which Sedaka himself recorded in 1973 and had been launched as a single in Europe.

The Captain and Tennille model topped the charts — and acknowledged Sedaka’s authorship by singing “Sedaka’s again” on the finish of the tune — and gained a Grammy for report of the 12 months. They adopted with a mixture of covers similar to “Muskrat Love” and “Store Round” and unique songs, together with Tennille’s “Do That to Me One Extra Time,” which hit No. 1 in 1980. In addition they briefly starred in their very own tv selection present.

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A Los Angeles native, Dragon was the son of Oscar-winning composer Carmen Dragon and singer Eloise Dragon and was himself a classically skilled musician. Earlier than he was with Tennille, he performed keyboards for the Seashore Boys and was dubbed “The Captain” by singer Mike Love, who famous Dragon’s fondness for sailor’s caps.

He’s survived by his older brother, Doug Dragon, and two nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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