Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille dead at 76

Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille dead at 76

Daryl Dragon (1942 - 2019) was one half of the 1970s soft rock superstar duo Captain and Tennille. However, despite the differences, Dragon and Tennille stayed the best of friends.

The duo found nearly immediate success with a rendition of "Love Will Keep Us Together" in early 1975, eventually winning a Grammy Award for the record. Dragon died early Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 in at a hospice in Prescott, Ariz.

Dragon and Tennille spent most of the 1990s and early 2000s living in the Washoe Valley area, where they had lived for more than 15 years, and where Tennille served as Ambassador for the Arts for the state, according to Wikipedia.

The pair won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for their version of the hit in 1976.

Speaking out following her ex-husband's death, Tennille described their close bond and praised her ex-hubby's incredible talent.

They whirled and they twirled and they tangoed through the '70s as the hit musical duo Captain & Tennille.

Before Dragon's foray into traveling with the Beach Boys and then Tennille, he started a musical career with the Wright Sounds.

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Tennille and Dragon were married for 39 years, divorcing in 2014, remaining friends. "I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him", Tennille said in a statement to Fox News. Touching that Toni Tennille was by Daryl Dragon's side when he passed.

Years later in 2017 Daryl clarified the health problems were a result of medication taken at the time - however his former wife had moved back to Arizona to care for him.

Dragon was a classically trained pianist but preferred to play blues and boogie music.

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. "Daryl was a great guy and a hell of a musician", wrote Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson on Twitter.

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He is survived by his older brother and two nieces.

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