Daryl Dragon, of Captain and Tennille, Dead at 76

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Fans have paid tribute to Daryl Dragon, who served as one-half of the popular music duo Captain and Tennille in the '70s, who died aged 76 on Wednesday at a hospice in Prescott, Ariz.

The duo's best-known and beloved hits included the likes of, "Muskrat Love", "Do That to Me One More Time", and "Love Will Keep Us Together". They also briefly starred in their own television variety show.

Dragon and Tennille were married from 1975 until 2014 and remained close friends after their divorce.

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Dragon met his future wife and collaborator Tennille in 1971, when she hired him to play piano for a musical called Mother Earth.

Beginning in the late '60s, Dragon was the keyboard player for The Beach Boys. Toni Tennille, his partner in music and wife for almost 40 years, was by his side.

Tennille would allege that the marriage suffered from lack of intimacy and blamed it on what she described as Dragon's "very, very hard family and "famous but overbearing father".

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Before he was with Tennille, he played keyboards for the Beach Boys and was dubbed "The Captain" by singer Mike Love, who noted Dragon's fondness for sailor's caps. We loved listening to Captain & Tennille together back in the day! The two formed a romantic relationship after he asked her to tour with The Beach Boys as an acoustic pianist.

In February 2017, Dragon told People that his health was improving, in part thanks to Tennille, after caregivers had given him the wrong dosage of the medications he had been prescribed. They did do three annual specials for ABC, "Captain and Tennille in Hawaii", then "Captain and Tennille in New Orleans", and ending with 1980's "Captain and Tennille Songbook". They signed a record deal in 1974, releasing Love Will Keep Us Together, which held on to the number one spot on the charts for eight weeks in the summer of 1975.

Wednesday's obituary notice said that at Dragon's request there would be no services, and suggested donations to organisations conducting research into neurological conditions.

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Dragon is survived by his older brother and two nieces.