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CAPTAIN and TENNILLE

Daryl Dragon (b 27 Aug. '42, LA), keyboards; Toni Tenille (b 8 May '43, Montgomery AL), vocals. Tennille (classically trained on piano) co-wrote ecology musical Mother Earth with Ron Thronson; Dragon (son of conductor Carmen Dragon) hired to play in it; he had been a Beach Boys sideman, asked her to join tour with them when the show closed. Carried on as duo; self-financed 'The Way I Want To Touch You' typical keyboard-based multi-voiced faceless MOR product, local hit; signed by A&M, married '74; the first LP's title track, Neil Sedaka's 'Love Will Keep Us Together', was no. 1 '75, re-released 'Touch You' no. 4. 'Together' won a Grammy, became the only song to make Hot 100 in two languages when they re-recorded LP in Spanish (Por Amor Viviremos). Like labelmates Carpenters whose sound theirs resembled, mixed originals with handpicked covers (America's 'Muskrat Love', Smokey Robinson's 'Shop Around', both no. 4 '76). Left A&M as that label embraced new wave at expense of MOR; first single for Casablanca was no. 1 'Do That To Me One More Time' for a total of seven top ten entries USA, but the attempt to change the image of that disco-oriented label was thwarted by death of its founder Neil Bogart. They hosted ABC variety series '76--7; Tennille hosted TV talk show, made More Than You Know '84, solo album of standards on Mirage label with big band, like Linda Ronstadt's What's New showing that standards weren't easy for youngsters.