Tennille was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama , and has three younger sisters. For five years her mother, Cathryn, hosted a daily television show in Montgomery. Tennille graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and then for two years attended Auburn University in Alabama,  where she studied classical piano and sang with the university's big band, the Auburn Knights. In , Tennille's family moved from Montgomery to Balboa, California , after her father's furniture store failed, where she worked first as a file clerk and then as a statistical analyst for North American Rockwell Corporation. Ron Thronsen, one of the directors of the repertory, asked Tennille in to write the music for a new rock musical he was working on called Mother Earth. The musical was a success locally, went on the road to San Francisco and Los Angeles in , and eventually made it to Broadway for a few dates at the Belasco Theatre in October
Daryl Dragon, the Captain of Captain and Tennille, died of renal failure in hospice care on Wednesday at age Associated Press reports the cause of death as renal failure. He was All but two of the albums they released in the Seventies were certified gold or platinum. Dragon was born on August 27th, in Los Angeles, the son of classical composer and conductor Carmen Dragon and singer Eloise Dragon. With music in his blood, he went on to learn the piano, organ, vibes, synthesizer and bass. He met Tennille when he joined the house band of a rock musical Tenille had co-written, Mother Earth , as part of L. After it closed, he hired her to play keyboards with the Beach Boys alongside him. The song became a runaway hit and won them the record of the year Grammy and sold more than 2. They married on November 11th,
Of all the musical oddities produced during the s, the pairing of Captain and Tennille seemed like one of the kinder and gentler ones. For one thing, leggy Toni Tennille and her silent piano player accompanist and sea captain hat-wearing Daryl Dragon, who had a string of hits including "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love" and a variety TV series "The Captain and Tennille Show," only got married after the record company declared it in a press release! The company publicist announced that they'd married on Valentine's Day, which came as a shock to the couple.
They hosted their own television variety series on ABC in — In , Toni Tennille was the co-writer of an ecology-themed musical, Mother Earth. Dragon was between tours when he heard about the opening, met Tennille in San Francisco to audition, and landed the gig. Dragon later reciprocated by recommending Tennille to the Beach Boys when the band needed an additional keyboardist, and they hired her. She toured with them for a year, and has since been known as the Beach Boys' one and only "Beach Girl. Realizing their collaborative potential when the tour was over, Tennille and Dragon began performing as a duo at the Smokehouse Restaurant in Encino, California. They started to become popular in the Los Angeles area, and their early version of the Tennille-penned "The Way I Want to Touch You" became popular on a local radio station. The duo successfully mined the Sedaka songbook a number of times over their chartmaking career. Tennille and Dragon included renditions of several other Sedaka songs on their albums.