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Daryl Dragon

Daryl Dragon
Captain & Tennille
Dragon with wife Toni Tennille, 1976.
Background information
Birth name Daryl Frank Dragon
Also known as
  • Captain
  • Rumbo
Born (1942-08-27) August 27, 1942
Los Angeles, California
United States
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1959–present
Associated acts

Daryl Frank Dragon (born August 27, 1942) is a keyboardist, known as Captain from the pop musical duo Captain & Tennille, with his wife, Toni Tennille.[1]

Dragon was born into a musical family, and is the son of conductor, composer, and arranger, Carmen Dragon, and the elder brother of Dennis Dragon, a member of the 1960s pop combo The Dragons (which included Doug Dragon) 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 in the early 1970s. Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love gave him the nickname "Captain", and it stuck; Dragon began the tradition of 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 of Captain & Tennille 1
  • Personal life 2
    • Neurological condition 2.1
    • Divorce 2.2
  • References 3

Music work outside of Captain & Tennille

In 1962, Dragon became a member of the band Charles Wright & the Wright Sounds, a group which included future Watts Band member John Raynford. On double LP "The Visit" by Bob Smith, released in 1970, Dragon is credited as Captain Keyboard. Dragon also made significant contributions with keyboarding and musical scoring on the Beach Boys' 1972 release Go for It soundtrack. In 1996, Dragon played keyboard on a number of tracks on the self-titled album by pop punk band Size 14.

Personal life

Neurological condition

In late 2009, Toni Tennille announced that Dragon had developed a mild form of Parkinson's disease which has manifested through a familial tremor. According to Tennille, the disease will be neither debilitating nor terminal for Dragon.[2] Rather, the disease has caused a noticeable tremor that is exacerbated by stress and anxiety; subsequently, the disease has limited most of Dragon's public appearances. As of November 2009, Dragon was under physician's care to best determine treatment for his Parkinson's.[3]

In September 2010, Toni Tennille adjusted the announcement of Dragon's condition as "a neurological condition (not Parkinsons, but something similar) that causes him to have tremors".[4] Tennille indicated the condition continues to be debilitating to Dragon's abilities as a musician.


Tennille filed for divorce from Dragon in the State of Arizona on January 16, 2014, after 39 years of marriage. Dragon stated he was unaware of this until he was served with the divorce papers.[5] Dragon contacted TMZ on January 22, 2014, stating "I don't know why she filed."[6]

On January 23, 2014, the Washington Post reported that health insurance or health issues may 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 that Dragon's neurological condition, similar to Parkinson’s, was characterized by such extreme tremors he can no longer play keyboards.[7]


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