“Captain & Tennille ~ LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER”

10 Feb


Captain & Tennille were American recording artists whose primary success occurred in the 1970s.[1][2] The husband-and-wife duo were “Captain” Daryl Dragon (born August 27, 1942) and Cathryn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille (born May 8, 1940). They have five albums certified gold or platinum and scored numerous hits on the US singles charts, the most enduring of which included “Love Will Keep Us Together”, “Do That to Me One More Time”, and “Muskrat Love”. They hosted their own television variety series on ABC in 1976–77.

Early history and collaboration

In 1972, Toni Tennille was the co-writer of an ecology-themed musical called Mother Earth. At that time, Daryl Dragon (son of composer Carmen Dragon) was the keyboardist for The Beach Boys. When Tennille’s show was getting ready to move from San Francisco’s Marines Memorial Theatre to Southern California’s South Coast Repertory, a call was put out for a replacement keyboardist. Dragon was in between tours when he heard about the opening, met Tennille in San Francisco to audition, and landed the gig.

Reciprocating in kind, Dragon later suggested Tennille to The Beach Boys when the band needed an additional keyboardist, and they hired her. She toured with them for a year, and Toni Tennille has since been known as The Beach Boys’ one and only “Beach Girl”.[3]

When the tour was over, and realizing their collaborative potential, they began performing as a duo at the now-defunct Smokehouse Restaurant in Encino, California, and started to make a name for themselves in the Los Angeles area. During this time, an early version of a Tennille-penned tune they had recorded, “The Way I Want to Touch You”, became a hit on a local radio station and led to a recording contract with A&M Records.[4]

Their first hit single was a cover of Neil Sedaka’s and Howard Greenfield’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart nine weeks after its debut in 1975 and went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on July 1, 1975.[5] Tennille paid tribute to Sedaka in the recording when she overdubbed her own voice during the outro of the single, singing “Sedaka is back.” They successfully mined the Sedaka songbook a number of times over their chartmaking career as two other hit singles were Sedaka co-writes, “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” and “You Never Done It Like That”, as well as several other album tracks.[6] Their Spanish recording of “Love Will Keep Us Together”, “Por Amor Viviremos”, also charted in 1975 — it was the first time two versions of the same single charted at the same time.

Tennille and Dragon married on Veteran’s Day (November 11), 1975, not Valentine’s Day as is often erroneously reported.[1][7][8]


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13 responses to ““Captain & Tennille ~ LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER”

  1. DelBlogger

    MonAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-08-21T17:07:10-08:00America/Los_Angeles08bAmerica/Los_AngelesMon, 21 Aug 2017 17:07:10 -0800 31, at 0:00

    This was one of those “get stuck in my head” songs.

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  2. Kevan V

    SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T11:58:35-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 11:58:35 -0800 31, at 0:00

    As I’ve read, Daryl Dragon passed away on January 2 of this year.

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    • America On Coffee

      SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T12:36:20-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 12:36:20 -0800 31, at 0:00

      Hi Kevin! Wow and the previous year end into this new year, has been filled with many celeb losses. Daryl Dragon just as many others, have left us his legacy. Many thanks Kevin for dropping in and commenting. Cheers!


  3. carol hopkins

    SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T17:03:52-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 17:03:52 -0800 31, at 0:00

    I loved their television show and rarely missed it … their songs may seem corny today, but back in the day they were quite popular. Oh, my, the memories this evokes….

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    • America On Coffee

      SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T18:12:42-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 18:12:42 -0800 31, at 0:00

      I thought they were cute and very entertaining.

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    • carol hopkins

      SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T18:19:26-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 18:19:26 -0800 31, at 0:00

      Yes, me too. Though I must confess I never bought a single record or album by them, but I did enjoy their t.v. show.

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    • America On Coffee

      SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T18:31:30-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 18:31:30 -0800 31, at 0:00

      There were times that i became confused thinking the Captain and Tenille were Elton John and Kiki Dee. 😟

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    • carol hopkins

      SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T18:32:38-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 18:32:38 -0800 31, at 0:00

      There are similarities for sure

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    • America On Coffee

      SunAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-10T18:35:35-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesSun, 10 Feb 2019 18:35:35 -0800 31, at 0:00


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    MonAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-11T19:50:37-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesMon, 11 Feb 2019 19:50:37 -0800 31, at 0:00

    A very guilty pleasure but a great melody nonetheless!

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    • America On Coffee

      MonAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-11T20:41:40-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesMon, 11 Feb 2019 20:41:40 -0800 31, at 0:00

      I think many of us have that same guilt for that nostalgic rhythm. And it sounds like it has. never. left us. Cheers!!

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      TueAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-12T21:18:07-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesTue, 12 Feb 2019 21:18:07 -0800 31, at 0:00

      And even better – NO AUTO-TUNE!

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    • America On Coffee

      WedAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-02-13T18:13:18-08:00America/Los_Angeles02bAmerica/Los_AngelesWed, 13 Feb 2019 18:13:18 -0800 31, at 0:00

      Right you are.

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