Daryl Dragon of ’70s pop sensations Captain & Tennille died of renal failure Wednesday, Jan. 2, at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona, with former wife Toni Tennille by his side, according to his publicist.
He was 76.
“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 said in a statement.
More commonly known as the Captain, Dragon was a member of the Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972 before forming a duo with Tennille in 1974.
They topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1975 with a debut single that became the biggest-selling record of the year, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”
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Their best-known hits included “The Way I Want to Touch You,” “Lonely Night (Angel Face),” “Shop Around,” “Muskrat Love,” “You Never Done it Like That” and second chart-topper “Do That To Me One More Time.”
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Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after nearly 40 years of marriage.
But if love couldn’t keep them together, it did keep them close enough for Tennille to move back to Prescott to care for Dragon in 2017.