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PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The Captain of the hit-making pop duo The Captain and Tennille, Daryl Dragon, has died from renal failure, according to news reports. Dragon 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,” Dragon’s longtime musical partner and ex-wife Toni Tennille said in a statement, KTLA-TV reported.
Tennille was by Dragon’s side when he died early Wednesday at a hospice in Arizona.
The Captain and Tennille had a string of chart-topping hits in the 1970s, including the blockbuster and Grammy Award-winning “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and “Do That To Me One More Time” and “Muskrat Love,” to name a few.
While the couple divorced in 2014, they remained close and Tennille moved to Arizona to help care for Dragon, according to spokesman Harlan Boll.
‘Captain’ Daryl Dragon of ‘The Captain and Tennille’ dies at 76 https://t.co/ZdNAX4AzgI— The Gnuvemberist (@The_Gnu_JGH) January 2, 2019
Dragon was a classically trained pianist who performed with the Beach Boys in the late 1960s. He met Tennille in the early ‘70s, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and the couple married in 1975.
He’s survived by an older brother and two nieces.