The top 10 Captain And Tennille Songs list serves as a showcase for the duo’s best songs including “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and more. From 1972 until 2013, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille entertained the audience as Captain and Tennille with their brand of pop and rock music after first collaborating together in San Francisco as performers. Dragon earned his nickname “Captain” due to the captain’s hat he wore on stage. This is the same Daryl “Captain” Dragon of the Beach Boys who recommended Toni Tennille as the group’s new keyboardist at that time. After one year of touring together, Captain and Tennille moved forward as a duo act, away from The Beach Boys, to make a name for themselves.
In 1975, not only did Captain and Tennille debut with their first hit single, “Love Will Keep Us Together,” but also married later in the year. They remained married until 2014 when Tennille filed and served divorce papers to Daryl Dragon, putting an end to nearly forty years of marriage. The reason behind the divorce was related to health issues Dragon was experiencing that put a heavy strain on the marriage. Although the couple divorced in 2014, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennelle remained as close friends until the day of his death due to kidney failure issues on January 2, 2019. Tennille was by his side the day he died.
Captain and Tennille Legacy
Much of the music recorded by Captain and Tennille have been covers from Neil Sedaka’s originals as they were big fans of his, even going as far as paying tribute to the artist on more than one occasion. Most of the charted hits by the duo have been Neil Sedaka originals. In addition to experiencing an impressive run as a chart-hitting duo, the two also performed in the White House during the timing of the Gerald Ford administration before the president, his wife, and Queen Elizabeth II. The popularity of Captain and Tennille also saw them run their own television show in 1976, which lasted only for one season as it was the duo’s preference to focus more on their music and tour.
During the career run between 1972 to 2013 as a duo, Captain and Tennille enjoyed a prolific recording career that saw eight studio albums recorded and released and thirteen compilation albums. There are nineteen hit singles to their credit and six of them topped some of the official Billboard charts either globally or internationally. The first two albums released by the duo, Love Will Keep Us Together and Song of Joy each became certified platinum by Music Canada while the albums Come In from the Rain became certified gold. In the US, Song of Joy was certified platinum by its Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) while Love Will Keep Us Together, Come In from the Rain, Make Your Move, and Greatest Hits each became certified gold.
Top 10 Captain and Tennille Songs
#10 – Come In From the Rain
On the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, “Come In From the Rain” was a number eight hit in 1977, a number six hit on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart, and a number sixty-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. This Neil Sedaka tear-jerking ballad still maintained a hint of hope as Toni Tennille delivered her soulful narration in a manner that deservedly turned this song into a chart-hitting success. The start of the song with the rush of water served as a beautiful intro into this awesome number rich with its piano playing background. Dramatic and soulful, “Come In From the Rain” was a fantastic invite to simply get caught up in its melodic groove and perhaps do a bit of reminiscing as this song, word for word, is perfect for that.
#9 – I’m on My Way
From the album, Dream, 1978’s “I’m on My Way” was a cover from Mark Safan’s 1976 original single he had released beforehand. For Captain and Tennille, their 1978 version was a number six hit on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, a number thirteen hit on Canada’s Adult Contemporary chart, a number seventy-four hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and even a number ninety-seven hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. “I’m on My Way” was the first and only single released by Captain and Tennille that crossed into the country music genre. Some of the fans regard “I’m on My Way” as a reprisal of “Do That to Me One More Time” but in a good way as it served as a trip down memory lane while Tennille’s vocal delivered a maturity level somewhat higher than any of the previous hit singles the duo of Captain and Tennille had released so far.
#8 – Can’t Stop Dancin’
1977’s “Can’t Stop Dancin'” was the first hit single released from the album, Come In from the Rain, which was a song of universal reflection performed by Captain and Tennille as an upbeat rhythmic number. On the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, “Can’t Stop Dancin'” was a number twelve hit and it peaked at number thirteen on the US Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, it became a number ten hit on its adult contemporary chart and was a number sixty-seven hit in Australia. Fast-paced and too tempting not to dance to, “Can’t Stop Dancin'” continues to serve as a dance floor favorite, especially among clubs who cater to retro music. If you can keep up with the pace of this song from start to finish without skipping a beat, it should serve as a sign you’re in good physical shape.
#7 – You Never Done it Like That
1977’s “You Never Done it Like That” was a recording from the album, Dream, which was released as a single in 1978 and peaked as high as number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, a number fourteen hit on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and a number seventeen hit in Canada. When it was discovered Toni Tennille’s vocal talent carried a stronger impact than Daryl Dragon’s, “You Never Done it Like That” became the first song featuring her as the lead vocalist instead of Dragon. This awesome love song was performed by an impressive-sounding Tennille as she addressed her love interest for what apparently was an improvement of his lovemaking technique, at least with her.
#6 – Lonely Night (Angel Face)
From the 1975 album, The Hungry Years, “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” was one of many cover songs originally belonging to Neil Sedaka the duo of Captain and Tennille recorded together. Released as a single in 1976, it became a number three hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and another number one hit on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart as well as their third RIAA-certified gold recording. In Canada, “Lonely Night” also became a number one hit and it charted as high as number nine in Australia and at number ten in New Zealand. The beauty of this ballad of two people meeting for the first time at a dance hall one fateful night is the timelessness as “Lonely Night” has become a popular pick at anniversaries and weddings that is still played today.
#5 – Muskrat Love
From the album, Song of Love, “Muskrat Love” was originally a 1972 Willis Alan Ramsey humorous recording of a romantic interlude between a pair of muskrats named Sam and Susie. In 1973, it was first covered by America, then in 1976 by Captain and Tennille. With America, “Muskrat Love” was a minor hit while with Captain and Tennille it was a number-four hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and a number one hit on the contemporary adult charts belonging to US Billboard and RPM Canada, as well as an RIAA-certified gold seller. The duo’s version featured sound effects by a synthesizer that seemed to add a more dramatic effect. It at least impressed the White House enough to want “Muskrat Love” played during the bicentennial celebration that was held in 1976 with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance.
#4 – Shop Around
Originally written and recorded by Smokey Robinson in 1960, “Shop Around” was a smash hit for him and his group at the time, the Miracles. Since 2006, it has since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as well as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For Captain and Tennille, their 1976 coverage of “Shop Around” saw the song become a chart-topping hit again, at least on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and Canada’s Adult Contemporary chart. It was a number-four hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, a number thirty-seven hit in Australia, and a number thirty-two hit in New Zealand.
With the 1976 version, instead of “Shop Around” coming from a man’s perspective it was now from a woman’s as her lyrical quest to find what she’s looking for actually resulted in the single becoming yet another certified gold seller with the RIAA. “Shop Around” also became the theme song for the duo’s television show and is one of the signature songs they’re best recognized for.
#3 – The Way I Want to Touch You
“The Way I Want to Touch You” was a love song Toni Tennille wrote for Daryl “Captain” Dragon in 1972 when the two toured with The Beach Boys. When the two were approached during a stage performance in 1973, this was one of two songs they came up with as a recording. It became a released single which topped the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and Canada’s Adult Contemporary chart in 1975. On the US Billboard Hot 100, “The Way I Want to Touch You” became a number four hit. In Australia, it peaked as high as number nine and was a number twenty-one hit in New Zealand, and a number twenty-eight hit in the UK. This served as a song that inspired the signature hit belonging to Captain and Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together.” It also became the second RIAA-certified gold seller for the duo as the third single released from the debut album, Love Will Keep Us Together.
#2 – Do That to Me One More Time
1979’s hit single, “Do That to Me One More Time,” served as the final number-one hit for Captain and Tennille as it topped the US Billboard Hot 100, Canada’s Adult Contemporary chart, and the official music charts belonging to Belgium and South Africa. It was a number-four hit on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and a number seven hit on the UK Singles Chart. RIAA certified “Do That to Me One More Time” as gold once it sold at least 500,000 copies within the US.
This romantic performance between the duo served as a big comeback but also their last big hurrah. This single was also instrumental to the success of Make Your Move as an album as it also became an RIAA-certified gold seller. “Do That to Me One More Time” is one of the all-time favorites among the fans, as well as that perfect song to play at gatherings such as anniversaries and weddings. It’s also a popular pick among radio listeners when dedicating it to that someone special.
#1 – Love Will Keep Us Together
Neil Sedaka’s “Love Will Keep Us Together” was the first hit single Captain and Tennille recorded together in 1975 and it topped the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as earned the 1976 Grammy Award win for Record of the Year. It has since become certified gold by the RIAA and would be the first of six hits from the duo that would do so. Sedaka’s 1973 original was recorded on his studio album, The Tra-La Days Are Over but was never released in the US.
From Captain and Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” not only became a number one hit in the US but also topped the charts belonging to the nations of Australia and Canada and was at least a top forty hit among the nations of France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. The Spanish version of this song, “Por Amor Viviremos,” also charted in 1975 for the duo, peaking at number forty-nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 during the same time their English version was out. “Love Will Keep Us Together” was a cheerful recording that also came across as a playful number, understandably becoming a fan favorite that still earns requests from radio listeners who love this easy listening classic.
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