The Captain & Tennille’s Daryl Dragon Dead at 76

The Captain And Tennille

The Captain And Tennille

Musician Daryl Dragon, best known as the Captain from the group The Captain and Tennille, died Wednesday at the age of 76.

The late musician is pictured here with ex-wife Toni Tennille in 2005. (He would later serve as the Captain and Tennille's producer).

"#RIP Daryl Dragon, The Captain, a great musician, keyboard player and friend for over 40 years", Sedaka wrote on Twitter.

They also briefly starred in their own television variety show. He came from a musical family with his father, Carmen, winning an Academy Award as a composer and conductor, and his mother, Eloise, a singer who worked on Bing Crosby recordings among others, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His former wife and musical partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side.

Dragon's ex-wife, Toni Tennille, "was with him as he took his last breath", said Harlon Boll, a spokesperson for the singer.

In this February 28, 1976 file photo, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille, of the Captain & Tennille, hold the Grammy award they won for record of the year for "Love Will Keep Us Together", at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after almost 40 years of marriage, but they remained close and Tennille had moved back to Arizona to help care for him.

It was with the Beach Boys that Dragon got his stage name, thanks to his habit of wearing a ship captain's hat while performing.

On that tour, Dragon and Tennille began their romantic and musical relationship, performing in smaller venues together when not on tour with the beloved musical group.

The pair were married in 1974 because "the record company was uncomfortable with" them living together out of wedlock, Tennille revealed in her 2016 memoir.

Dragon is survived by his brother, Doug Dragon, and two nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn of California.

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

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