Daryl Dragon, of ‘The Captain and Tennille,’ dead at 76

Daryl Dragon 'Captain' of Captain and Tennille dead at 76

Daryl Dragon shown here at the 1976 Grammy Awards with ex-wife and singing partner Toni Tennille died Wednesday

Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing "Captain" of easy listening duo the Captain and Tennille, died Wednesday at age 76. Mike Love nicknamed him Captain and Dragon began to wear his trademark Captains hat. Dragon died early Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 in at a hospice in Prescott, Ariz.

In a statement Toni said Daryl: 'Was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. They remained good friends until his death, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The next year, while on tour opening for the Beach Boys, Dragon became romantically involved with Tennille, and they eventually got married in 1975 - after finding success with their top hits on the A&M Records music label.

Daryl Dragon and his wife Toni Tennille, in an archival photo.

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He played with Fats Domino and BB King and was a back-up keyboard player for the Beach Boys in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after almost 40 years of marriage but remained close.

Dragon's spokesperson, Harlon Boll, announced that the singer had died from renal failure.

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In February 2017, Dragon told People that his health was improving, in part thanks to Tennille, after caregivers had given him the wrong dosage of the medications he had been prescribed. Reaching the height of their popularity in the 1970s and early 1980s, the couple married and had five albums certified gold or platinum, scoring numerous hits on the USA singles charts and hosted their own television variety series on ABC in 1976-77, according to Wikipedia.

Dragon was a classically trained pianist but preferred to play blues and boogie music. "Daryl was a great guy and a hell of a musician", wrote Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson on Twitter.

Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon posing during an interview in at their home in Washoe Valley in October 1995.

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Dragon is survived by his older brother Doug and his two nieces Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.

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