Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing ‘Captain’ of 70s pop duo Captain And Tennille dies of renal failure aged 76 with ex-wife Toni at his side
Daryl Dragon of 70s singing duo Captain And Tennille has died at the age of 76.
The musician’s publicist told TMZ he died of renal failure in Arizona, where he was in hospice care, with his ex-wife Toni Tennille at his side.
Daryl was known as the cap-wearing Captain who teamed up with then-wife Toni on 70s hits including the Grammy Record Of The Year winning Love Will Keep Us Together and Muskrat Love.
Captain And Tennillie’s Daryl Dragon has died of renal failure aged 76 with ex-wife Toni Tennille at his side; the two are pictured in 2005
The two also hosted their own television variety series on ABC from 1976 to 77.
In a statement Toni said Daryl: ‘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.’
The two married in 1975 and divorced in 2014, but remained close friends.
In the couple’s divorce documents, they made certain stipulations about health coverage according to TMZ.
Sick: Previously, in 2009 Toni said ‘Daryl was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease,’ according to TMZ
In 2009, Toni said that ‘Daryl was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.’
The outlet also reports that at the time that Toni filed for divorce, the couple was still living together and ‘Daryl was blindsided by Toni’s filing.’
Singer Neil Sedaka took to Twitter to express his sadness at the news of Dragon’s death.
‘#RIP Daryl Dragon, The Captain, a great musician, keyboard player and friend for over 40 years,’ Sedaka wrote. ‘He took “Love Will Keep Us Together”, made it his own with the magic of his playing and her incredible voice.’
Pure Seventies: Captain And Tennillie circa 1977
Los Angeles-born Daryl was a classically trained musician, who got his start in show business as a keyboard player for The Beach Boys.
It was The Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love who labelled Daryl with his lasting nickname, The Captain, because of his fondness for hats.
The son of Oscar-winning composer Carmen Dragon and singer Eloise Dragon, Daryl is survived by his ex-wife Toni, older brother, Doug Dragon, and nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.
At his side: Toni was with Daryl when he passed; the two are seen together in 1989