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Captain & Tennille’s History On Billboard Charts: ‘Love Will Keep Us Together,’ ‘Muskrat Love’ & More

Following the death of Daryl Dragon, the "Captain" in pop duo Captain & Tennille, who died Jan. 2 at age 76, Billboard looks back at the act's chart career.

Following the death of Daryl Dragon, the “Captain” in pop duo Captain & Tennille, who died Jan. 2 at age 76, Billboard looks back at the act’s chart career.

Dragon and Toni Tennille, together as Captain & Tennille, earned 14 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1975 and 1980, including seven top 10s and two No. 1s. “Love Will Keep Us Together,”their debut entry in 1975 (which includes backing instrumentation from notable session act the Wrecking Crew and which won the 1976 record of the year Grammy Award), and “Do That to Me One More Time” in 1980.


Here is a recap of Captain & Tennille’s top 10 biggest Hot 100 hits:

Rank, Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
1. “Do That to Me One More Time,” No. 1 (1 week), Feb. 16, 1980
2. “Love Will Keep Us Together,” No. 1 (4 weeks), June 21, 1975
3. “Muskrat Love,” No. 4, Nov. 20, 1976
4. “Lonely Night (Angel Face),” No. 3, March 27, 1976
5. “Shop Around,” No. 4, July 10, 1976
6. “The Way I Want to Touch You,” No. 4, Nov. 29, 1975
7. “You Never Done It Like That,” No. 10, Nov. 18, 1978
8. “Can’t Stop Dancin’,” No. 13, May 7, 1977
9. “You Need a Woman Tonight,” No. 40, Jan. 27, 1979
10. “Por Amor Viviremos,” No. 49, Sept. 13, 1975

Captain & Tenille’s biggest Hot 100 hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot 100, through the Jan. 5, 2019-dated chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

Captain & Tennille were also successful on the Adult Contemporary chart. Of their 13 entries, nine reached the top 10, with their first five charted titles all hitting No. 1: “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “The Way I Want to Touch You” in 1975 and “Lonely Night (Angel Face),” “Shop Around” and “Muskrat Love” in 1976.

The couple has also logged six entries to date on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Their debut Love Will Keep Us Together charted the highest, reaching No. 2 in 1975, followed by sophomore set Song of Joy (No. 9, 1976), Come in From the Rain (No. 18, 1977), Captain & Tennille’s Greatest Hits (No. 55, 1978), Dream (No. 131, 1978) and Make Your Move (No. 23,1980).

Since Nielsen Music began tracking U.S. album sales in 1991, Captain & Tennille’s albums have sold 348,000 copies, while the duo’s music catalog has drawn 29.4 million on-demand U.S. streams.

Prior to forming Captain & Tennille, Dragon played keyboard for the Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972, where he was given the nickname “Captain” by lead singer Mike Love, due to Dragon’s penchant for wearing a captain’s hat onstage.

The duo met in 1971 when Tennille hired Dragon to play piano for the musical Mother Earth. They married in 1975 and divorced in 2014, but reportedly remained close friends, and Tenille was with him at the time of his passing. “He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly,” she said. “I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him.”