“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,” reports Variety. His cause of death was renal failure, Variety says.
Variety quotes Harlon Boll, a spokesperson for Toni Tennille, Dragon’s ex-wife, saying the singer “was with him as he took his last breath.”
In a statement, Tennille said,: “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.”
The duo’s prime-time TV variety series, “The Captain & Tennille Show,” premiered in September 1976 and ran for one season on ABC.
According to Rolling Stone, in 1974 Captain & Tennille “produced and paid for their own single, the slow-building ‘The Way I Want to Touch You,’ which was a regional hit. They followed it with ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ the next year. The song became a runaway hit and won them the record of the year Grammy and sold more than 2.5 million copies. They married on November 11th, 1975. Their hits dominated the Top 10 for much of the mid-Seventies, and they closed out the decade with the light-rock torch song ‘Do That to Me One More Time,’ another number one hit. … They released their last album, ‘The Secret of Christmas,’ in 2007.”
Here’s the video of Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together,” from YouTube: