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Captain & Tennille's Daryl Dragon Has Died Age 76

Daryl Dragon -- the 'Captain' of pop duo Captain & Tennille has passed away.

Dragon and his musical partner -- and wife of 39 years  -- Toni Tennille were behind classic hits from the '70s including "Do That To Me One More Time" and "Love Will Keep Us Together".

The pair divorced in 2014 but remained close friends -- Tennille was reportedly at Dragon's side when he passed away in Prescott, Arizona, CNN reports. 

"He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly," Tennille said in a statement. "I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him."

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

Bell urged fans looking to donate money in Dragon's name to consider organisations conducting research into brain diseases, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille of the group "Captain & Tennille" (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Dragon -- who was born in Los Angeles in 1942  -- came from a musical family and formed bands including The Dragons (with brother Dennis) and The Surf Punks.

The musician also played keyboard for The Beach Boys between 1967-1972,  which is how he got his nickname, 'The Captain' --  after band member Mike Love recognised his penchant for nautical hats.

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The Captain & Tennille musical duo was formed after Toni joined The Beach Boys as a touring keyboardist in the early '70s. Dragon and Tennille wed in 1975 and recorded five studio albums together. 

Captain & Tennille's version of "Love Will Keep Us Together" earnt them a Billboard number one in 1975 and went on to win the duo a GrammyAward for Record of The Year in 1976.

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