A married couple who sang one of the biggest hits of the 1970s is getting divorced — something that the song promised wouldn’t happen, more or less.
TMZ.com reports that the Captain & Tennille, whose many hits included “Love Will Keep Us Together,” are breaking up after all this time. In other words, the song held true for decades, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
The Captain, Daryl Dragon, told the publication he didn’t see the breakup coming, with Toni Tennille filing legal documents in Arizona claiming their marriage was “irretrievably broken,” the story says. The couple, who hosted their own ABC variety show from 1976-77, have been married for 39 years.
Their hits also included “Muskrat Love” and “Do That to Me One More Time.” The pair was discovered by Neil Sedaka when they performed at a restaurant in the Los Angeles area.
"I don’t know why she filed. I gotta figure it out for myself first,” Dragon told TMZ.
The documents mention health insurance coverage, which may be relevant since Tennille blogged in 2009 that her husband had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and two years later mentioned that his tremors were so bad he was embarrassed to be seen in public, the piece notes.
Her blog included this message from Jan. 16: “The Captain & Tennille appeared to the public as them being the ideal model for a ‘rock-solid’ married pair. But almost all people naturally evolve over time, & sometimes hidden feelings start to be uncovered …"
“Love Will Keep Us Together” won the Grammy for record of the year in 1976.