Daryl Dragon of the musical duo Captain and Tennille died Wednesday at the age of 76, his publicist said.
The husband-and-wife performers first found a wide audience with their Grammy Award-winning cover of the Neil Sedaka-Howard Greenfield song "Love Will Keep Us Together" on their same-named break-out record. Dragon, who was virtually a silent partner in the duo, was said to be uncomfortable being on television, which contributed to the demise of their well-viewed series in 1977.
Tennille told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him", Tennille said in a statement.
Dragon and Tennille separated in 2013 and finalized their divorce in 2014.
Tennille would allege that the marriage suffered from lack of intimacy and blamed it on what she described as Dragon's "very, very hard family and "famous but overbearing father". He gave us "Love Will Keep Us Together": a great thing to remember when we think of him. She was with him when he died.
Dragon said in 2017 that his problems were a result of medication and that he was better.
He played with Fats Domino and B.B. King and was also a backup keyboard player for the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. Daryl himself was a classically-trained musician who was from Los Angeles.
Though he had a fondness for sailing caps, Dragon didn't always wear a hat or cap during their performances.
Before Dragon's foray into traveling with the Beach Boys and then Tennille, he started a musical career with the Wright Sounds.
Dragon is survived by his older brother Doug and his two nieces Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.
According to his obituary notice, it was claimed at the late performer's request there would be no services, and asked for donations to organisations conducting research into neurological conditions.
An early press photo of Captain & Tennille.