Toni Tennille

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Toni Tennille
Toni Tennille 1976
Tennille in 1976.
Background information
Birth name Cathryn Antoinette Tennille
Born (1940-05-08) May 8, 1940 (age 75)
Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Associated acts Captain & Tennille

Cathryn Antoinette "Toni" Tennille (born May 8, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter and keyboardist, best known as one-half of the 1970s duo Captain & Tennille with her husband Daryl Dragon; their signature song being "Love Will Keep Us Together".[1] [2] Tennille has also done musical work independently of her husband, including solo albums and session work. Tennille has a contralto vocal range.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Tennille was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, as part of a family of entertainers. Her father, Frank Tennille, who used the pseudonym Clark Randall, was a big band singer with Bob Crosby and the Bobcats and her mother, Cathryn Tennille, was a local television pioneer, being the hostess of Montgomery’s first daytime TV talk show. Tennille's musical sisters, Jane, Louisa, and Melissa, all sang on her variety TV shows, as well as on the Captain & Tennille albums. Tennille began her career studying classical piano at Auburn University and singing with the university's big band, the Auburn Knights. Her sister, Louisa Tennille, is the background singer in her band. Her other sister, Melissa Tennille, is based off of Melissa Reed, a GirlSense character and the older sister of Halle Reed.

Tennille is credited as singing backup vocals on Pink Floyd's The Wall ; However, all of her parts except the groupie monologue on the song One of My Turns were ultimately scrapped and re-recorded by others before the album was released. [4] She also did backup singing for Art Garfunkel on Breakaway[citation needed] as well as for Elton John on his albums Caribou, Blue Moves, 21 at 33 and most notably on the song, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"[citation needed] .

On July 8, 1980, Tennille sang the national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.[5]

Tennille is 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) tall. She married her first husband Kenneth Shearer in June 1962 at the age of 22. They divorced in late 1972. She then married Daryl Dragon on November 11, 1975. Tennille toured with The Beach Boys during the 1970s with Daryl Dragon, both playing keyboards for the group.[citation needed]


Tennille graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and Auburn University in Alabama.


Studio albums[edit]


The couple moved from Reno, Nevada to Prescott, Arizona in 2007. Toni Tennille filed for divorce after 39 years of marriage on January 16, 2014. Dragon said he was unaware of any discontent until being served with the divorce papers. [6]

The divorce was finalized in July, 2014. In 2015, Tennille moved to Florida at the suggestion of her sister, Jane.[7]


  1. ^ "An MP misses a ‘million-dollar’ photo op, and ‘Captain’ Dragon and Toni Tennille call it quits". Maclean's. January 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Love Will Keep Us Together". Super Seventies. 
  3. ^ "Captain & Tennille - News / Latest & Archived". Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Bret Urick (2010). "A Complete Analysis of Pink Floyd's The Wall". Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ World's Strangest Baseball Stories. Watermill Press. 1993. p. 42. ISBN 0-8167-2933-6. 
  6. ^ "Captain & Tennille Divorce -- Love WON'T Keep Us Together". January 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  7. ^ Blog, Toni Tennille, Accessed October 7, 2015.

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