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Daryl Dragon Bio
|Daryl Frank Dragon was born 27th August 1942 and died on 2nd January 2019. He was an American musician and songwriter, known as Captain from the pop musical duo Captain & Tennille, with his former wife, Toni Tennille.|
|Daryl Dragon Background information|
|Daryl Dragon Birth name||Daryl Frank Dragon|
|Daryl Dragon was Also known as||Captain|
|Daryl Dragon Born||He was born on 27th August 1942 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Daryl Dragon Died||He died on 2nd January 2019 (aged 76)|
|Daryl Dragon Cause of Death||Renal Failure|
|Daryl Dragon Net Worth||He had an estimated Net Worth of $ 3.4 Million as at the time of his death|
Daryl Dragon Early Life, Family
Dragon was born in Los Angeles, California, the U.S. into a musical family. His father was a conductor, composer, and arranger Carmen Dragon. He was the elder brother of Dennis Dragon, a member of the 1960s pop combo The Dragons and the 1980s surf band the Surf Punks. His godfather was actor and comedian Danny Thomas.
Dragon’s familiar image and stage name came from his time as a keyboard player with The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972. Mike Love, Beach Boys lead singer gave him the nickname “Captain,” and it stuck; Dragon began wearing a nautical captain’s hat to go along with the name. As Captain in Captain & Tennille, Dragon was frequently silent and a man of very few words, playing a foil to his outgoing, vivacious wife, Toni Tennille.
Music work outside Captain & Tennille
Dragon became a member of the band Charles Wright and the Wright Sounds in 1962. The group included future Watts Band member John Raynford.
In 1968, Dragon and his brother Dennis formed a studio band called The Mission, which produced a one-off single on the small Bet Records label: “Calmilly”/”Galing Made It.” The songs later appeared on a joint album in 1971 titled Me and My Brother (aided by another brother, Doug, who sang the vocals), which was released on CD in 2005.
In 1970, on the double LP “The Visit” was released by Bob Smith, Dragon is credited as Captain Keyboard. He also made significant contributions with keyboarding and musical scoring on the Beach Boys’ 1972 release Carl and the Passions – “So Tough”, co-writing the track “Cuddle Up” with Dennis Wilson; also, Dragon’s orchestrations on the tracks “Make It Good” and “Cuddle Up” translated the melodic ideas that Dennis Wilson was seeking. Dragon also arranged the coda on “Don’t Go Near The Water” from The Beach Boys’ 1971 release Surf’s Up.
Dragon contributed vibes and melodica in the song “Wind ’n’ Sea” by the band Farm; a group put together by Dennis and Doug for the soundtrack to The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, a surf film directed by George Greenough. He also did session work with Dennis for the Go for It soundtrack and, in the early 1980s, with the rock band Survivor. In 1981, Dragon contributed to Carpenters’ Made In America album, programming synthesizers on “(Want You) Back In My Life Again”. Dragon played keyboard on some tracks on the self-titled album by pop-punk band Size 14 in 1996.
Daryl Dragon Personal life
Toni Tennille announced her husband had developed familial tremor. According to Tennil in late 2009. His condition was neither debilitating nor terminal. His noticeable tremor was exacerbated by stress and anxiety. Subsequently, the tremor condition limited most of Dragon’s public appearances. As of November 2009, Dragon was under a physician’s care to determine the best method of treatment.
In September 2010, Tennille publicly clarified her husband’s condition as “a neurological condition (later confirmed to be Essential tremor), which causes him to have tremors”. Tennille indicated the condition was debilitating to Dragon’s abilities as a musician.
Daryl Dragon Eyes
Dragon was never an emotionally demonstrative man. He had flashing lights in his eyes which he attributed to yogurt. He developed something he believed to be extended left arm syndrome.
Daryl Dragon Divorce
Dragon married Toni Tennille in 1975. Tennille filed for divorce from Dragon in the State of Arizona on 16th January 2014, after 39 years of marriage. Dragon stated he was unaware of this until he was served with the divorce papers.
Dragon, contacted by TMZ on 22nd January 2014, stated that she did not know why Toni filed for divorce.
On 23rd January 2014, The Washington Post reported health insurance related to health issues might be the reason for the divorce, as both issues had been referenced in divorce documents filed with the courts. Tennille had reported on her blog in 2010 her husband’s neurological condition was characterized by such extreme tremors he could no longer play keyboards.
The divorce was finalized in July 2014. Regarding his ex-wife’s new memoirs, Dragon stated: “No, I haven’t read it.” In an exclusive interview with Radar in his Arizona home on 17th March 2016, Dragon, responding to the book by his ex-wife, would comment only “I was drugged (at the time of his divorce), that’s all I can tell you.”
In a segment of the American television program Today on 12th April 2016, Tennille confirmed her divorce from Dragon was finalized and stated that the reason for the divorce was Dragon’s “inability to be affectionate”. Tennille later said that Dragon had reacted positively to the Today segment and told her; “I saw you on The Today Show. I was proud of you.”
In an interview published in a February 2017 issue of People, Dragon stated he was making great progress and feeling like himself again after corrections were made in the dosage of medications he was taking, which were causing side effects. Dragon stated his ex-wife had flown to Arizona and had been a help in his improvement.
They remained close after their divorce and Tennille even moved to Arizona to help care for Dragon.
Daryl Dragon Death and Cause
Dragon died early Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona. He was 76 years and died of renal failure. His former wife and musical partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side.