We’re not even two full days into 2019, and the Grim Reaper has already given the hug of death to three famous 76ers. WWE interviewer Mean Gene Okerlund died today. He was 76. Bob Einstein (who was on Curb Your Enthusiasm and was Super Dave Osborne) also died today. He was 76 too. And now comes the news that Daryl Dragon, who was Captain to Toni Tennille’s Tennille, died due to renal failure today in Prescott, Arizona. And like Mean Gene and Super Dave, he was 76. QUICK, form a power prayer circle around Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Judge Judy, Betsey Johnson, and other famous 76ers.
Daryl Dragon (born name: Daryl Dragon) was born into a musical family, and he first met Toni Tennille when he auditioned to be the keyboardist of a musical she wrote called Mother Earth. When the run of Mother Earth ended, Daryl, who was also a keyboardist for The Beach Boys at the time, got Toni a job as the second keyboardist and she became the Only Beach Girl. Daryl and Toni toured together with The Beach Boys for a year before deciding to join musical forces and become a duo.
Captain & Tennille performed at a restaurant in Encino, CA, and when they got popular, A&M Records signed them. They had two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with Love Will Keep Us Together (1975) and Do That To Me One More Time (1979). They had a huge handful of top 100 hits, and made several albums together. They also got their own variety show on ABC. They put out their last studio album The Secret of Christmas in 2007.
Daryl and Toni got married in 1975 and divorced in 2014. Toni, who was by his side when he died, said this about him:
“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.”
Rest in peace, you master of brilliantly weird songs of cheesy perfection. You are now in heaven, where the muskrat angels are worshipping at your feet while thanking you for perfectly capturing the essence of their love in your cover of this masterpiece:
Pic: Universal Music Group