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Song of Joy

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Captain & Tennille dominated in 1976, with this brilliant follow-up to their debut. Another top-10 album, SONG OF JOY was the duos’ best-selling LP and garnered three top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (all of which went to #1 on the adult contemporary charts.) These were "Lonely Night (Angel Face)," "Shop Around" and that little song about Suzie & Sam, "Muskrat Love." Deluxe packaging, including new 2005 liner notes by Toni Tennille and digitally remastered under the supervision of the Captain himself!

About the Artist

Keyboardist / arranger / producer Daryl "The Captain" Dragon and singer / pianist Toni Tennille became one of the most successful pop music duos of all-time as Captain & Tennille. The husband and wife team kicked off their recording career in style when their debut single Love Will Keep Us Together went straight to # 1 and won the 1975 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The hits kept flowing with more top 40 singles, including The Way I Want to Touch You, Shop Around, Lonely Night (Angel Face,) Muskrat Love, Can’t Stop Dancin’, You Never Done It Like That and another chart-topper in 1980 with Toni Tennille’s Do That To Me One More Time.

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 captain’s 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, Tennille’s 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 & Tennille’s 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 Toni’s 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. She’s also become involved in stage musicals, having starred in the touring company of Victor/Victoria. Daryl Dragon continues to produce Toni’s 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 there’s 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 they’ve recorded two new holiday songs, "Saving Up Christmas" and "Tahoe Snow."

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Respond 2
  • ASIN: B000BMSTX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Being 10 years old and having a 19 year old brother in 1976 meant that I heard a LOT of Cheap Trick, Journey, KISS, Boston..all the classics back then. While I still listen to and enjoy those bands, there's one group that my brother did NOT introduce me to and that's The Captain and Tenille. I suppose they were much too soft for his tastes, but I consider that his loss. While everyone, at the time, had heard "Love Will Keep Us Together" countless times, it was their second LP, "Song of Joy" that blew me awsy. Between Daryl's piano playing and Toni's voice, they produced a sound so rich and deeply satisfying, it continues to bring joy to my ears and a smile to my heart. Sure, there's "Muskrat Love" on this LP, but even that song has a special, if annoying, place in my heart. Besides the radio hits here, my favorites tunes are "Butterscotch Castles", "Song of Joy" and "Going Bananas". I, like another reviewer, wore at least 2 copies of this record out back in the day. I was so glad to see it finally released on CD a few years back. It's become a regular part of my music library and takes me back to a much more simpler and innocent time in life.
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This is my favorite of all their albums for one song... Mind Your Love. I LOVE singing to it full blast while driving with my windows open and am surprised at the nice responses I get from the song and my singing. I've known Toni & Daryl since I was 11 years old after Love Will Keep Us Together first came out. They were the first concert I ever went to. It was outside at the Irvine Amphitheater next to Lion Country Safari and before the concert began a hippo escaped and everyone had to stay in the seating area. During the fantastic concert we could hear the lions roar next door. The local newspaper said Toni's father was a big band singer and she used to live in Orange County where I lived... so I looked up Tennille in the phone book and found two listings. The first number rang but no one picked up. The second was answered with a southern drawl... it was Toni's dad Frank Tennille. I asked if he was her dad and I could hear the pride in his voice, we talked for over an hour before he invited me to their house that weekend to look at photos of his girls growing up. From that innocent phone book phone call, I considered Frank & Aileen and Toni & Daryl beloved family. I still have my book of every article, ad, and photo I clipped all through their career and happily have the photos of their Pacific Palisades home and me playing with Broderick their bulldog. Those were times of family, nice lyrics, and songs with melodies from instruments and not computers. It was a time when you could find a star's father in the phone book and begin friendships that have lasted decades. I happily still have all the cassette tapes they made for me, the family photos Frank gave me of his girls (Toni, Jane, Melissa, and Louisa), one of Daryl's Captain's hats, C&T newsletters, t-shirts, and 45's (even test recordings). For those that have read all this... please go listen to all their albums, listen to the lyrics, close your eyes and feel the music.
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Back in the day, (the mid to late 70's) I was in high school. A head-banger by trade - Queen, Rush, Beatles, Cheap Trick, KISS, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith - the usual suspects - were my musical norm.

I was the bass player or guitar player in Krunchy - heavy bands - (later to become an actual, for real, PAID, musician person).

But on the quiet - back in high school, I had a love for a different sound: nicer, less edge, more heart-felt, more melodic, more musical and better produced. "PROFESSIONAL Musicians" as opposed to "Professional Musicians".

Of course I had to keep this on the quiet from my Rocker friends to avoid ridicule, but in actuality - I probably spent as much time listening to "Pop" records as I did metal songs. A good song - is a good song. Genre matters little.

And there was one album that I completely wore out and had to buy a second copy of - because I played it SO often - and that album was "Song of Joy".

The songs & production seem better to me now - than they did even then - and I listened to them A LOT then. (BTW I am amongst the - "TOO SYRUPY FOR ME" camp where "Muskrat Love" is involved.)

Billy Preston's amazing "Song of Joy" could not have been treated better than it is here. In fact, I have requested that my funeral begin with this recording - I feel that deeply about this interpretation of this song. I can say no more.

So many other great recordings that I cannot go on enough about - chiefly: Mind Your Life, Lonely Nights, Shop Around, 1954 Boogie Blues - this is just great stuff.

One cannot under estimate the brilliance of the skill and brilliance of Daryl Dragon - his playing on keyboards and bass (Toni's keyboards too) and Daryl's arrangements - on ALL of their albums.
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First of all, one would NEVER guess that within my humble cd library, is included a copy of "Song Of Joy" ! NOT one of my normal genre's of music that i listen to. There are specific memories linked to this particular cd. Also, my enjoyment stops abruptly after cut#6!!! (side 1--for you LP fans!)...Nevertheless, the 'flow' between 'song of joy' thru 'going bananas' is unique, and definately a cut ABOVE the standard pop common to the early 70's."Mind your love" is greatness, and "Shop Around" if you can bypass the klitchy lyrics, is one of the first 'fun' audiophile songs of the era... In fact, all of 'side-1' (cuts 1 thru 6) are fun, tap your toes, well written songs-even if a bit corny by todays standards.My daughter smiles and my wife giggles when I play this CD but they both 'move' with the music...Essentially, this ISNT for everyone, but its a lot of fun to listen to, and pretty well engineered as well.
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