Daryl Dragon Dies at 76

Fans have paid tribute to Daryl Dragon, who served as one-half of the popular music duo Captain and Tennille in the '70s, who died aged 76 on Wednesday at a hospice in Prescott, Ariz. They also had hits with "Muskrat Love" and "Do That to Me One More Time", and hosted their own TV variety series from 1976 to 1977.

The 78-year-old said: 'He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly.

He played keyboard for the Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972 and during that time lead singer Mike Love gave him the nickname "Captain" because he often war a captain's hat on stage.

Dragon and Tennille were married for almost 40 years until their 2014 divorce.

Dragon and Tennille met in 1971 when she hired him to play piano for a musical called "Mother Earth".

Earlier the star's publicist confirmed Darly had died. Tennille was at his side when he passed.

"Captain" Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille of the music duo The Captain and Tennille, in 2005.

Speaking out following her ex-husband's death, Tennille described their close bond and praised her ex-hubby's incredible talent. They did do three annual specials for ABC, "Captain and Tennille in Hawaii", then "Captain and Tennille in New Orleans", and ending with 1980's "Captain and Tennille Songbook".

Wilson said Dragon, who has died in the USA aged 76, was "a great guy and a hell of a musician and keyboard player". "Daryl was a great guy and a hell of a musician and keyboard player". They Wednesday in 1975, but Tennille recalled that their marriage was announced in advance - and to their surprise - by the record company. And I don't blame him because he came from a very, very hard family and he had a famous but overbearing father.

Dragon and Tennille separated in 2013 and finalized their divorce in 2014. Spokesman Harlan Boll said he was 76 and died of renal failure. "I wanted him to experience the joy that I had with my very loving family".

  • Kyle Peterson