About the Artist
The couple met in 1971, when Dragon was the keyboard player for a musical revue composed by Tennille. Daryl is the son of conductor Carmen Dragon and his mother was a singer. In 1967, he was playing and touring with the Beach Boys - where he was dubbed "Captain Keyboard" by lead singer Mike Love for always wearing a captains hat on-stage. Additionally, he appeared on a few Beach Boys albums of the period.
Toni Tennille, born Cathryn Antoinette Tennille is the daughter of Frank Tennille, a big-band singer and Cathryn Tennille, who became a local television talk-show host. In 1965 Toni moved to California and became involved in theater, which led to her toward writing music for the ecologically minded revue, Mother Earth. The show was performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where Dragon joined the band. After it closed, Dragon returned to the Beach Boys and arranged to have Tennille hired as a pianist and backup singer. "Captain Keyboard" and the "Beach Girl" toured with the Beach Boys for a year, while becoming romantically involved. The couple was married shortly thereafter and began performing in Los Angeles clubs as a duo called Captain & Tennille.
In September 1973, they financed their own recording, Tennilles composition of The Way I Want to Touch You and released it on their own Butterscotch Castle label. The song earned significant airplay in Los Angeles and the duo was signed by A&M Records. For their major-label debut they covered the Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield tune Love Will Keep Us Together. The song quickly went to number 1 on the Billboard charts, and the rest is pretty much pop-music history.
Amidst a continual flurry of hit songs, 1976 also brought the Captain & Tennilles weekly television show, which only lasted one season. In 1979, Captain & Tennille left A&M for Casablanca records, a move that placed them atop the Billboard Hot 100 once again, this time with Tonis song Do That To Me One More Time.
Toni Tennille continues on with a solo career as a singer of traditional pop, performing with big bands and symphonies and has released numerous solo recordings to the praise of critics. Shes also become involved in stage musicals, having starred in the touring company of Victor/Victoria. Daryl Dragon continues to produce Tonis and Captain & Tennille records and he also ran Rumbo Recorders, the recording studio they built in Los Angeles in 1979 and sold in 2003.
These days theres no place like home for the couple, as they much prefer their own surroundings to life on the road. Now, 30 years after their chart debut theyve recorded two new holiday songs, "Saving Up Christmas" and "Tahoe Snow."