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Captain & Tennille are American pop music recording artists who achieved chart success from 1975–80 with a repertoire of hit pop songs. The duo consists of "Captain" Daryl Dragon (born August 27, 1942), and Toni Tennille (born May 8, 1940). They are probably best known for their singles, "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Do That to Me One More Time," as well as their television variety series which appeared on the ABC network in the 1976–77 season.

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Early history and collaboration

In 1971 Tennille was performing in an ecology-themed musical called Mother Earth when the show changed venues from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Dragon had been playing in a backing band for The Beach Boys, but was between tours when Tennille called him in to audition as a replacement keyboardist for Mother Earth. Reciprocating in kind, Dragon later got the Beach Boys to take Tennille on the next tour as part of the backing band.[1] When the tour was over, they began performing as a duo at the Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank, California, where an early version of their single "The Way I Want To Touch You" led to a contract with A&M Records.[2]

Their first hit single was a cover of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield's "Love Will Keep Us Together". A textbook example of how top 40 heavy rotation can launch a career, the song went to number-one on the pop charts nine weeks after its debut in 1975, and it went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.[3] A Spanish recording of the single ("Por Amor Viviremos") also charted that same year. This was the first time two versions of the same single charted at the same time.[2][3]

Toni and Daryl married on 11 November 1975,[4] - on Veterans' Day, not Valentine's Day as is sometimes reported.[2]

Popular success

Over the next few years Captain & Tennille released a string of hit singles including "The Way I Want To Touch You" (U.S. #4), "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" (U.S. #3), "Shop Around" (U.S. #4), "Muskrat Love" (U.S. #4), and "You Never Done It Like That" (U.S. #10). Such was their level of success that they were given their own television variety show, The Captain & Tennille, but they were not only unhappy with its network-imposed heavy reliance on comedy, but also its physical demands and its resulting overexposure of their image, and they asked to be released from their contract. They also left A&M when it began to turn its attentions to the newly signed punk rock act Sex Pistols at the expense of acts such as the Carpenters and themselves.

In July 1976, Captain & Tennille were invited by First Lady Betty Ford to perform in the East Room of the White House in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and President Gerald Ford during the Bicentennial celebration.

In 1979, Neil Bogart signed them to a contract with Casablanca Records, and they reached number-one with their first single "Do That to Me One More Time" in January 1980. Subsequent singles achieved only moderate success, and when Bogart died in 1982, the Casablanca company went bankrupt, and the duo was left without a record company. They signed with CBS Records but, not being able to find a niche there, they were released from their contract.

Captain & Tennille appeared on many television talk shows of the era; one memorable appearance as guest hosts of "The Mike Douglas Show" in July 1981 had them hear "Do That to Me One More Time" being "sung" by a TI 99/4A home computer. [1]

During the duo's period of highest popularity, Tennille also worked as a session singer (most frequently partnered with The Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston), performing backup on no fewer than three Elton John albums including "Caribou", "Blue Moves", and "21 at 33" (some vocally arranged by Dragon) and most notably (and prominently) on the hit track "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me". She also appeared as a backup vocalist on tracks by Art Garfunkel and The Beach Boys, as well as Pink Floyd for whom she performed backing tracks on "The Wall" album.

In the liner notes of the Captain & Tennille anthology Ultimate Collection: The Complete Greatest Hits, Tennille explains how her work on Pink Floyd's album gained her at least one new fan:

I went to see the [Pink Floyd] concert at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. There was a 15-year-old boy sitting in front of me who recognized me. He turned around and snottily said, "What are YOU doing here?" So I told him I sang on the album. He ran off to find a friend who had brought the LP to the show, and looked at the back to see if my name was really on there. A few minutes later, he came back and apologetically said, "Can I have your autograph?"

More recent activities

Throughout the '90s, they continued to perform various concert dates at venues around the world, frequently at Harrah's Lake Tahoe which was close to their home near Carson City, Nevada. One of the most lauded of their appearances in this decade occurred when they played a one-time-only date at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles in 1995 as part of their twentieth anniversary as an act.

At the same time throughout the 1980s and '90s, Tennille enjoyed a second career as a big band and pop standards singer, not unlike pop colleague Linda Ronstadt. She released several albums and performs with orchestras throughout the country.

Both the Captain and Tennille had a guest appearance as themselves in the TV show 'Vega$' (Year 2, Ep 18) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0739238/

Tennille also enjoyed a year as the star of the Broadway tour of Victor/Victoria. At the end of that project, she and Dragon were to have embarked on a twenty-fifth anniversary tour; however, the stresses of the road proved too demanding and Captain & Tennille instead put an indefinite hold on their career as a performing duo. During their run through the mid 70s into the early 80s Captain And Tennille have been said to have sold close to 25 million records, enough to lock them in as one of pop music's most successful acts.

Nevertheless, Captain & Tennille's popularity remained evident in the release of their Ultimate Collection: The Complete Hits on Hip-O Records (a subsidiary of Universal Records) in 2001 and More Than Dancing...Much More, a 2002 compact disc. The latter contains what was originally their final album in 1982, More Than Dancing, which at that time was released only in Australia, and is combined with selected tracks from their 1995 20 Years of Romance, originally on K-Tel (re-recordings of their songs, and cover versions of others), as well as five tracks never-before-released on vinyl or CD.

In November 2003, Tennille performed a benefit concert for the Reno, Nevada Chamber Orchestra, where her surprise guest was none other than Daryl Dragon. This was the first time they had publicly performed as Captain & Tennille in many years. As a result, their first live recording, An Intimate Evening with Toni Tennille, was released to commemorate the event.

2005 marked a resurgence for Captain & Tennille when Brant Berry, the vice president of a small Portland, Oregon-based entertainment company, Respond 2 Entertainment (R2), an avowed fan, signed an agreement with Dragon & Tennille to release three separate projects featuring the duo.

The first — and most anticipated — was the home video release of Captain & Tennille's 1976 variety series, on a three-disc DVD set containing eleven complete episodes with lots of bonus musical tracks.

Second, R2 re-released all six of their albums — both from the original A&M and Casablanca labels — on newly-remastered CDs. Several of the CDs were previously only available in Japan. The new CDs, packaged both as individual CDs and in a boxed set, contain new liner notes written by Toni Tennille.

Third, a new recording by Captain & Tennille was released — a three-song Christmas CD entitled Saving Up Christmas. This effort was in anticipation of a full-length Christmas CD originally to be released in the fall of 2006 by R2 Entertainment, but which was released instead on Dragon & Tennille's own label, Purebred Records. The brand-new Christmas CD entitled The Secret of Christmas was officially released on November 1, 2006. This is Captain & Tennille's first complete original album produced in more than a decade, and their first-ever Christmas album.

Toni Tennille returned to British airwaves and to club play when the mischievous electro-kitsch duo Bent sampled a small portion of her vocals from Captain & Tennille's 1979 track, "Love on a Shoestring" (from the album Make Your Move), into their "Magic Love" single in 2003. An Ashley Beedle remix of the single considerably heightened the danceability of the originally ambient track. Many in Great Britain knew the voice was vaguely familiar but couldn't place it (most having been born a generation too late to catch Captain & Tennille on top 40 radio).

A new direction for Captain & Tennille began in October 2006 with the release of Cartoon Network's animated special Casper's Scare School. Not only did the duo record two songs for the movie, they voiced the dialogue for the characters who sang the songs. Tennille portrayed Aunt Belle and Dragon was Uncle Murray, who together formed a two-head-on-one-body being known as the Ankle. The two songs they performed, "Why Does Love Make Me Feel So Good" and "World Without Fear", were written by Magnus Fiennes, younger brother of popular motion-picture stars Ralph and Joseph Fiennes. Captain & Tennille's co-stars on the show included Phyllis Diller, Jim Belushi, Dan Castellaneta, and Bob Saget.

In 2007, three new DVDs were released of Captain & Tennille's ABC TV specials: "Captain & Tennille In Hawaii", "Captain & Tennille in New Orleans", and "Captain & Tennille Songbook". They also released their first Christmas album, which was also their first newly recorded studio album in more than a decade.

Dragon & Tennille spent most of the '90s and '00s in the Lake Tahoe area in northwestern Nevada, where they had lived for more than a dozen years, and where, during that time, Toni had the honor of serving as Ambassador for the Arts for the state. In the mid-'00s, having tired of the often harsh winters in that area, they temporarily took year-round residence at their second home, located in the Palm Springs area of Southern California, until 2008, when they built a house and settled down in Prescott, Arizona, where Tennille participates in the annual Prescott Jazz Summit.

Tennille writes a blog, located on their website[2].

Discography

Albums

Year Album RIAA Certification US 200
1975 Love Will Keep Us Together Gold 2
1976 Song of Joy Platinum 9
1977 Come in From the Rain Gold 18
1977 Greatest Hits Gold 55
1978 Dream 131
1979 Make Your Move A Gold 23
1980 Keeping Our Love Warm
1982 More Than Dancing B
1995 Twenty Years of Romance
2001 Ultimate Collection
2002 More Than Dancing … Much More C
2005 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection
2007 The Secret of Christmas

(A) Also charted at No. 33 UK

(B) Australian release only

(C) Worldwide re-release of 1982 Australian album with bonus tracks

Singles

see Captain & Tennille Singles Discography

Year Single RIAA Certification Hot 100 AC Country R&B UK Pop
1975 "Love Will Keep Us Together" Gold 1 1 32
1975 "Por Amor Viviremos" 49
1975 "The Way I Want to Touch You" Gold 4 1 28
1976 "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" Gold 3 1
1976 "Shop Around" Gold 4 1
1976 "Muskrat Love" Gold 4 1
1977 "Can't Stop Dancin' " 13 12
1977 "Come in From the Rain" 61 8
1977 "Circles" 9
1978 "I'm on My Way" 74 6 97
1978 "You Never Done It Like That" 10 14 63
1978 "You Need a Woman Tonight" 40 17
1979 "Do That to Me One More Time" Gold 1 4 58 7
1980 "Love on a Shoestring" 55
1980 "Happy Together (A Fantasy)" 53 27
1980 "This Is Not the First Time" 106
1981 "Keepin' Our Love Warm"
2007 "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"
2007 "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

References

  • Fuqua, Christopher S. (2004). Music Fell on Alabama: The Muscle Shoals Sound That Shook the World. Montgomery, AL: NewSouth Books. pp. 159. ISBN 1-58838-157-9.  
  • Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard book of number 1 hits. New York, N.Y: Billboard Books. pp. 980. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6.  

Notes

  1. ^ Fuqua 131
  2. ^ a b c Fuqua 132
  3. ^ a b Bronson 408
  4. ^ Futch, Michael (1996-10-18). "THE CAPTAIN AND TENNILE: ONE MORE TIME". Fayetteville Observer.  

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