‘Captain’ Daryl Dragon dies with Tennille at his side

Daryl Dragon, one half of popular ’70s duo The Captain <><><><><><><><><><><><>& Tennille, died Wednesday, according to his publicist Harlan Boll. He was 76./ppDragon, whose ever-present captain’s hat left no doubt about which half of the duo he was, died of renal failure in Prescott, Arizona, Boll said./pp”He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly,” Toni Tennille said in a statement. “I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him.”/ppTennille was at Dragon’s side when he passed away, Boll said./ppThe duo’s best-known songs included “Muskrat Love,” “Do That to Me One More Time” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.”/ppDragon, a classically trained pianist, was most at home behind the keyboard. One of his early gigs was as a backup musician for the Beach Boys in the mid-’60s./ppDragon and Tennille met in 1971 when she hired him to play piano for a musical called “Mother Earth.” They married in 1975, a year after they signed a deal with A<><><><><><><><><>M Records./ppTheir first album produced the hit single “Love Will Keep Us Together,” which enjoyed multiple weeks atop the Billboard chart./ppDragon and Tennille separated in 2013 and finalized their divorce in 2014. They remained close friends./ppDragon is survived by his older brother, Doug Dragon, and two nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn./ppBoll asked that any donations being made in Dragon’s name be made to organizations doing research into brain diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease or post-traumatic stress disorder.