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'Muskrat Love' duo to divorce

Capt. and Tennille
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The Captain and Tennille, who made their mark in the 70s with songs like “Muskrat Love,” “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and “Do That to Me One More Time” have called an end to their marriage after 39 years it was announced yesterday.

The 71 year old Captain, Daryl Dragon, seemed confused by the divorce filing, done by Tennille, saying “I don’t know why she filed. I gotta’ figure it out for myself first.”

Tennille, 73, made a note on her website in 2009 that Dragon was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease but amended that later in interviews saying only that he had a neurological condition that was similar to Parkinson’s.

The duo was one of the most popular musical acts in the 70s along with The Carpenters and the Bee Gees and had a string of hits during that time. In 1976 The Captain and Tennille had a variety show that lasted one season before it was cancelled.

There is a lot of speculation about why Tennille filed for divorce but Dragon’s health condition may be at the forefront. According to TMZ the divorce documents give special consideration for health insurance coverage meaning that it is possible Dragon could be better covered and have more health options if they were divorced.

The couple continues to live in the same house at the moment which makes the divorce all that more puzzling.

Dragon continues to try and play the keyboards but according to Tennille his condition makes it almost impossible some days and then the condition is exacerbated from the stress of not being able to play. In 2011 Tennille made a statement on her website that Dragon was suffering from tremors so badly that he was embarrassed to be seen in public.

Before becoming the infamous duo of The Captain and Tennille the two had promising careers with Dragon playing keyboards for The Beach Boys and Tennille as a backup singer, most notably on the Pink Floyd album “The Wall.”

Toni Tennille and representatives for her have remained quite since the news broke about the divorce filing.

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