Daryl Dragon, best known as the Captain from The Captain and Tennille, has died due to renal failure on Wednesday.
Toni Tennille, Dragon’s longtime partner and ex-wife, said in remembrance.
“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.”
She was by his side when he died.
Dragon’s father was an Academy Award-winning composer and conductor and his mother was a singer who worked on Bing Crosby recordings among many others.
As a classically trained pianist, Dragon played keyboard for The Beach Boys from 1967-1972, where he was given the nickname “Captain” by lead singer Mike Love due to Dragon’s penchant for wearing a captain’s hat onstage.
Dragon met his future wife, Tennille, when she hired him to play piano for a musical called Mother Earthand. He suggested that Tennille join The Beach Boys on their next tour and Dragon and Tennille soon began a romantic relationship. They performed together in smaller venues together when not on tour with the Beach Boys.
They became The Captain and Tennille, and scored a record deal with A&M Records in ’74. Their song Love Will Keep Us Together climbed to No. 1. It won the Grammy for Record of the Year the following year.
Married in 1975, Dragon and Tennille stayed together until 2014.
Daryl Dragon was 76.
Let’s watch them both at their apex.
(Photo, YouTube; via THR)