Daryl "The Captain" Dragon, the nautical hat-wearing male half of The Captain and Tennille, has died of renal failure. He was 76.
The son of Oscar-winning composer and conductor Carmen Dragon and godson of Danny Thomas, Dragon played in a number of bands but most notably played keyboards for The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972. Beach Boy Mike Love dubbed Dragon "Captain" because he used to wear a captain's hat onstage.
Dragon met singer and musician Toni Tennille in 1971, and she ended up joining him on The Beach Boys' next tour as a pianist. They also started performing together as a duo, and landed a record deal in 1974. Then came a string of hits, including the Grammy-winning #1 smash "Love Will Keep Us Together," "The Way I Want to Touch You," "Muskrat Love," "Shop Around," "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" and "Do That To Me One More Time."
The duo, who married in November of 1975, was so popular that they hosted their own TV variety show on ABC from 1976 to 1977.
While Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014, they remained close friends. Tennille, who was with Dragon when he passed away, said in a statement, "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."
Tennille also asked that Dragon's fans remember him "as she does, with love and a grateful heart for the music they created together."
Dragon is survived by his brother Doug Dragon, and his two nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.
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