Daryl Dragon, the hat-wearing musician familiar to 1970s music fans as half of the bestselling duo the Captain & Tennille, died Tuesday in Prescott, Arizona at age 76.
The musician's publicist told TMZ he died of renal failure in Arizona, where he was in hospice care, with his ex-wife Toni Tennille at his side.
Their hits included "The Way I Want to Touch You", "Lonely Night (Angel Face)", "Shop Around", "Muskrat Love", "You Never Done it Like That" and "Do That To Me One More Time".
They also teamed up for a variety series, The Captain and Tennille Show on ABC, which drew 34 million viewers a week, according to Boll.
Dragon and Tennille were married for almost 40 years until their 2014 divorce. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him'. Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after almost 40 years of marriage, but they remained close and Tennille had moved back to Arizona to help care for him.
Los Angeles-born Daryl was a classically trained musician, who got his start in showbusiness as a keyboard player for The Beach Boys. Toni Tennille, Dragon's ex-wife and longtime musical partner, was by his side.
A third said: "We are terribly sad to hear of Daryl Dragon's passing".
Love Will Keep Us Together won a Grammy for record of the year and not only made the Captain and Tennille stars, but helped further revive Sedaka's career.
In 1972, Dragon met Tennille while working on a musical at the South Coast Repertory. The two formed a romantic relationship after he asked her to tour with The Beach Boys as an acoustic pianist.
Dragon said in 2017 that his problems were a result of medication and that he was better. "He was a genius of the keyboard and along with Toni Tennille achieved great success as the Captain & Tennille". They signed a record deal in 1974, releasing Love Will Keep Us Together, which held on to the number one spot on the charts for eight weeks in the summer of 1975.
According to his obituary, at Daryl's request, there will be no services and instead, suggested donations to organisations conducting research into neurological conditions.
Dragon is survived by his older brother and two nieces.