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The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved super stardom success during the 1970s and early 1980s. The duo consists of The Captain, Daryl Frank Dragon (born August 27, 1942), and Tennille, Toni Tennille, (born Cathryn Antoinette Tennille on May 8, 1940).

Formed: 1973 in Los Angeles, CA
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, AM Pop, Pop/Rock
Group Members: Toni Tennille, Daryl Dragon
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Keyboardist/arranger “Captain” Daryl Dragon and his wife, singer/pianist Toni Tennille, scored a series of pop/rock hits in a light, romantic vein in the second half of the 1970s, the most successful of which was the first, “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The couple met in the summer of 1971, when Dragon was engaged as the keyboard player for a musical revue, Mother Earth, composed by Tennille. Dragon, born August 27, 1942, in Los Angeles, was the son of conductor Carmen Dragon; his mother was a singer. He studied piano while growing up and briefly attended California State University at Northridge before dropping out to form an instrumental jazz trio with his brothers called the Dragons. The group released the single “Elephant Stomp”/”Troll” on Capitol Records in 1964, but its style was out of step with labelmates the Beatles, who dominated popular music at the time. In 1967, Dragon became a touring backup musician for the Beach Boys. He was dubbed “Captain Keyboard” by lead singer Mike Love because he always appeared on-stage in a yachting cap.

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