Captain and Tenille: Love Has Kept Them Together

Captain & Tenille both played keyboard for the Beach Boys, early in their careers and Tenille was the only Beach Girl.

It doesn’t seem possible that Toni Tenille was 72 last month and her husband Daryl Dragon will be 70 in August. Daryl was a keyboardist for the Beach Boys. Toni later would play the keyboard for the Beach Boys and was their only Beach Girl. They were married on December 11, 1975.

Their first hit single Love Will Keep Us Together went to No.1 on both the pop charts and the adult contemporary charts. The song won a Grammy for Record of the Year. It  was unusual in that it was their first single and for it to win a Grammy and go to No.1 made it their signature song.  The Way I Want To Touch You also reached No.1 in 1975.

Captain & Tenille had three singles, Shop Around, Muskrat Love and Lonely Night (Angels Face) , that went to No.1 in 1976.  It would be three years later in 1979, when they recorded their last No.1 song in Do That To Me One  More Time.

It has been 33 years now since their last No.1 hit and they haven’t even a song make the charts since 1980, when Love On A Shoestring went to No.27 on Hot 100 chart  and Happy Together peaked at No.27 on Adult Contemporary chart.

There are some performers that you instantly like and Toni Tenille and Captain Daryl Dragon were prime examples.

Toni Tenille singing Love Will Keep Us Together with Captain Daryl Dragon on the keyboard.

Toni Tenille singing Shop Around in a lower quaility video but only video found of it.

Captain and Tenille are still together after 37 years of marriage. Toni has recorded some jazz standards on albums.

There was a six year span, when they were at the height of their popularity from 1975-1980. They may not have not have had the longest career in music, but for six years it was magic when Captain and Tenille took the stage.

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Toni Tenille’s website:


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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