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Love keeps them together no longer: The Captain and Tennille are divorcing

Toni Tennille apparently isn't singing about "The Way That I Want to Touch You" with regard to Daryl Dragon any longer. She and Dragon, better known as The Captain and Tennille, are divorcing, it was revealed by the official Captain and Tennille webpage on Wednesday.

Captain and Tennille, circa 1976
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Reportedly, it was Tennille who filed for divorce, on Jan. 16. According to TMZ, who spoke directly to Dragon, he is still reeling about the events. The pop legend was mystified.

I don't know why she filed. I gotta figure it out for myself first.

Discovered by the legendary Neil Sedaka at the legendary (but now-defunct) Smokehouse Restaurant in Encino, Calif., their first hit was ironically a cover of Sedaka's "Love Will Keep Us Together." The song debuted in 1975, and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart nine weeks afterward. It went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, with Toni Tennille paying homage to Sedaka in the recording when she overdubbed her own voice during the outro of the single, singing "Sedaka is back."

Other hits for the duo included "The Way I Want to Touch You" (U.S. No. 4), "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" (U.S. No. 3); "Shop Around" (U.S. No. 4); and "Muskrat Love" (U.S. No. 4). They hosted their own TV variety series on ABC in 1976–77.

The official Captain and Tennille website said:

The Captain and Tennille appeared to the public as them being the ideal model for a "rock-solid' married pair. But almost all people naturally evolve over time, & sometimes hidden feelings start to be uncovered when one may read, just a little more into (the popularized, substitute heading appearing just below), stating, for instance: "MUSIC HAS KEPT THEM TOGETHER."

In 2009, Tennille blogged that Dragon had been diagnosed with Parkinson's.

In 2011, she followed that up with the statement that "Daryl's health is excellent, but his tremor has made it difficult, if not impossible, for him to play anymore. This is a great loss for him, as you could imagine."

Tennille and Dragon married on Veteran's Day (November 11) in 1974, not Valentine's Day as is often erroneously reported. She is 73. He is 71.

You can watch "Love Will Keep Us Together," embedded.