One half of the iconic 70’s musical group, ‘Captain & Tennile’ has died at 76. Daryl Dragon had been sick for quite some time, and died in hospice in Prescott, Arizona late Wednesday night. The official cause of death is renal failure. Dragon’s ex-wife and musical partner Toni Tennile was by the singer’s died when he died. The two married in 1975, and legally divorced in 2014. The couple remained very close, and Tennile moved from her home in Florida in 2015 to Arizona to care for her ex husband. The couple had no children and were married for 39 years at the time of their divorce.
Tennile said that the reason she divorced him was because ‘he has an inability to be affectionate.’ She said he was extremely introverted, and fame and celebrity made his anxiety issues worse. Tennile remembered when ever the two were at a party or other public place, Dragon would sit in the corner alone and not engage. She said, “he is who he is, and that’s it.” In a statement late Wednesday Tennile said, “He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him dearly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him.”
Dragon was a celebrated keyboardist who was playing with the Beach Boys when he met his future wife and musical partner, Toni. She said, “He was the one, and I knew that he thought my talent was amazing. He would say things that were over the top, as far as praising my abilities. I never met another man I thought could measure up to him. The two had monster hits like, ‘Muskrat Love’, ‘Shop Around’, ‘Do That To Me One More Time’. One of their biggest hits ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ won the couple a Grammy in 1976. Toni said, “The thing we had that was wonderful was the music, I was always inspired by him.”