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Daryl Dragon, Captain in Captain & Tennille, dead at 76

Dragon, the captain hat-wearing keyboard player who partnered with then-wife Toni Tennille in Captain & Tennille, died Wednesday.
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Daryl Dragon, aka the Captain who partnered with then-wife Toni Tennille in the popular music group Captain & Tennille, has died.

Dragon died Wednesday of renal failure at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona, a spokesman told The Associated Press. He was 76.

Tennille was by Dragon's side at the time of his death.

In a statement, Tennille described Dragon as a “brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly.”

“I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him,” she said.

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Captain and Tennille scored several hits in the 1970s and briefly starred in their own variety show.Michael Ochs Archives

Dragon — a keyboard player who memorably wore a sea captain hat — teamed up with Tennille on a string of hits in the 1970s, including versions of “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Muskrat Love.” They also headlined their own weekly variety show in 1976-1977.

The former couple tied the knot in November 1974 — clearing up confusion in the process.

“We were living together ... and everybody thought we were married but we weren't,” Tennille recalled to TODAY in a 2016 interview.

Tennille, 78, said of their marriage, “I loved him with all my heart. But what I was projecting on him was something he could never be and I didn't know that at the time.”

Dragon and Tennille were married for nearly 40 years before splitting in 2014.

Prior to achieving success as a member of Captain & Tennille, Dragon played keyboards for the Beach Boys.