Daryl Dragon, half of the duo Captain & Tennille, dies at 76

Daryl Dragon, the keyboardist known as the Captain in the 1970s pop duo Captain & Tennille, died of renal failure in a Prescott, Arizona, hospice on Wednesday. He was 76.

Dragon’s former wife and musical partner, Toni Tennille, reportedly was by his side when he died.

The couple divorced in 2014 after 39 years of marriage but remained close.

“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, 78, told PEOPLE in a statement.

 

Dragon was a keyboardist for the Beach Boys when he met Tennille, but was best known for their TV variety show and the music they produced together, including “Muskrat Love,” “Do That to Me One More Time,” and “Shop Around.”

They won a Grammy in 1976 for “Love Will Keep Us Together,” the duo’s debut album.

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