|Birth name||Cathryn Antoinette Tennille|
|Born||May 8, 1940|
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, piano|
|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 former husband Daryl Dragon; their signature song is "Love Will Keep Us Together". Tennille also did musical work independently of Dragon, including solo albums and session work.
Tennille was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and has three younger sisters. 2 Her father Frank owned a furniture store and also served in the Alabama Legislature from 1951 to 1954. :2 He had been a singer with Bob Crosby's Bob-Cats. For five years her mother, Cathryn, hosted a daily television show in Montgomery.:
Tennille graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and then for two years attended Auburn University in Alabama,where she studied classical piano and sang with the university's big band, the Auburn Knights.
In 1959, Tennille's family moved from Montgomery to Balboa, California, after her father's furniture store failed, where she worked first as a file clerk and then as a statistical analyst for North American Rockwell Corporation. 2:
While living in Corona del Mar in Newport Beach, California, during the late 1960s, Tennille was a member of the South Coast Repertory. Ron Thronsen, one of the directors of the repertory, asked Tennille in 1969 to write the music for a new rock musical he was working on called Mother Earth. The musical was a success locally, went on the road to San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1971, and eventually made it to Broadway for a few dates at the Belasco Theatre in October 1972. Although Tennille was no longer associated with the musical by the time it reached Broadway, she was credited as the composer under her married name, Shearer.
In 1971, Tennille met her future husband Daryl Dragon in San Francisco during auditions for Mother Earth.Dragon had previously toured with the Beach Boys and had recorded with them as a studio musician. After Mother Earth ended, Dragon returned to the Beach Boys and introduced Tennille to the band. Tennille played electric piano with the band during their 1972 tour. In 1973, Tennille and Dragon left to form Captain & Tennille and began performing at local clubs. In September 1973, they released their self-financed debut single, "The Way I Want to Touch You", which was a local hit and helped them to get a record contract with A&M Records. The duo recorded a cover version of the Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield song "Love Will Keep Us Together" in 1975 that became a huge success and eventually went on to win the 1975 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
In 1974, Tennille sang background vocals on Elton John's Caribou album.
In 1979, she sang backing vocals on Pink Floyd's The Wall .
On July 8, 1980, Tennille sang the national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Following a December 1979 pilot, from September 1980 to February 1981 Tennille hosted her own syndicated television talk show, The Toni Tennille Show.
From September 1998 to June 1999, Tennille performed as "Victoria Grant/Count Victor Grazinski" in the national tour of the play Victor Victoria .
With her then husband Daryl Dragon, as Captain & Tennille, she recorded the Christmas song "Saving Up Christmas" included in their DVD box set for 1976-1977's The Captain & Tennille Show; this was followed by a full-length Christmas album titled The Secret of Christmas , released in 2007.
In April 2016, Tennille released her memoir, Toni Tennille: A Memoir, and went on a book tour to promote it later that summer.An audiobook of the memoir was also released on the audiobook service Audible.
Tennille married her first husband, former drummer Kenneth Shearer, in June 1962 at the age of 22.They divorced in late 1972. The divorce was civil and they remained on amicable terms. She then married Daryl Dragon on November 11, 1975. Tennille stated their accountant told them they would do "a lot better with taxes" if they were married. The couple moved from Reno, Nevada, to Prescott, Arizona, in 2007. They divorced in July 2014.
In 2015, Tennille moved to Florida at the suggestion of her sister Jane.During the promotion of her autobiography, on The Today Show in the spring of 2016, Tennille said the reason for their divorce was Dragon's "inability to be affectionate". In her memoir Tennille revealed that despite their success and public image of a solid marriage, she was lonely and isolated. Dragon had been controlling and emotionally distant; throughout their relationship they slept in separate bedrooms. "I can say without exaggeration that he showed no physical affection for me during our very long marriage," she said. However, she later implied that Dragon reacted positively to her memoir and the revelation by saying, "I saw you on The Today Show. I was proud of you."
Despite their divorce, Tennille and Dragon remained friends until his death from kidney failure on January 2, 2019.Dragon stated in a February 2017 interview with People that Tennille had returned to Arizona to assist him following a serious health-related incident he had experienced the previous year.
Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew is an American actress and author. She is best known for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. She first came to attention in the role of Mary Ryan on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope. Mulgrew is the recipient of a Critics' Choice Award, a Saturn Award, an Obie Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and has also received Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and the voice of Cleveland's MetroHealth System. In 2020, it was announced that Mulgrew would reprise her role as Janeway in the Nickelodeon produced Paramount+ original series, Star Trek: Prodigy.
Toni Michele Braxton is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, and television personality. She has sold over 70 million records worldwide as of 2020, including 41 million albums, and is one of the highest-selling female R&B artists in history. Braxton has won seven Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and numerous other accolades. In 2011, Braxton was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In 2017 she was honored with the Legend Award at the Soul Train Music Awards.
Captain & Tennille were American recording artists whose primary success occurred in the 1970s. The husband-and-wife team were "Captain" Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille. They have five albums certified gold or platinum and scored numerous hits on the US singles charts, the most enduring of which included "Love Will Keep Us Together", "Do That to Me One More Time", and "Muskrat Love". They hosted their own television variety series on ABC in 1976–77.
Daryl Frank Dragon was an American musician and songwriter, known as Captain from the pop musical duo Captain & Tennille with his then-wife, Toni Tennille.
"Lady" is a song written by Dennis Wilson, recorded by him with Daryl Dragon and released under the name "Dennis Wilson & Rumbo" in the United Kingdom on 4 December 1970, on Stateside Records. The song served as the B-side of the "Sound of Free" single. The single was not issued in the United States.
"Love Will Keep Us Together" is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It was first recorded by Sedaka in 1973. American pop duo Captain & Tennille covered the song in 1975, with instrumental backing almost entirely by “Captain” Daryl Dragon, with the exception of drums played by Hal Blaine; their version became a worldwide hit.
"Do That to Me One More Time" is a song performed by the American pop duo Captain & Tennille. It was their 13th charting hit in the United States, and their second number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was included on the duo's 1979 studio album, Make Your Move, and was written by Toni Tennille. It features a Lyricon solo by saxophonist Tom Scott, though Captain mimed to this part on a descant recorder in the promotional video. Even though an edited version was released as a single, yet another version was created for their many TV performances promoting the song. This version contained a "natural" ending, opposed to the fade-out ending that was featured on the single and album versions. This version was mainly lip-synced by Tennille on such TV programs.
"Muskrat Love" is a soft rock song written by Willis Alan Ramsey. The song depicts a romantic liaison between two anthropomorphic muskrats named Susie and Sam. It was first recorded in 1972 by Ramsey himself for his sole album release Willis Alan Ramsey. The song was originally titled "Muskrat Candlelight" referencing the song's opening lyric. A 1973 cover version by the rock band America—retitled "Muskrat Love" for the lyrics that close the chorus—was a minor hit reaching number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1976, a cover by pop music duo Captain & Tennille resulted in the song's highest profile, peaking at number four on the Hot 100 chart. It also reached number two on the Cash Box chart, which ranked it as the 30th biggest hit of 1976.
Ray, Goodman & Brown is an American R&B vocal group. The group originated as The Moments, who formed in the mid-1960s and whose greatest successes came in the 1970s with hits including "Love on a Two-Way Street", "Sexy Mama" and "Look at Me ". In 1979, for contractual reasons they changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown and had further hits, including "Special Lady".
Song of Joy is the second studio album by Captain & Tennille, released in 1976. Three out of the four singles released from the album were top-ten singles: "Muskrat Love", "Lonely Night " and "Shop Around". The title track was co-written and originally performed by their A&M Records label mate Billy Preston.
"The Way I Want to Touch You" is a song written by Toni Tennille, which started the professional recording careers for Captain & Tennille.
Love Will Keep Us Together is the first release by the duo Captain & Tennille. It was released in 1975 by A&M Records in both stereo (SP-4552) and CD-4 quadraphonic (QU-54552) versions. The album would peak at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, while the title song, "Love Will Keep Us Together", won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year and was nominated for Song Of The Year.
Make Your Move is the fifth album by the American duo Captain & Tennille. Released in 1979, the album includes the #1 hit single "Do That to Me One More Time". The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. It is their first album on Casablanca Records.
Come In from the Rain is an album by Captain & Tennille. It peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 on May 27, 1977. It spent a total of 15 weeks on the chart.
Dream is the fourth album by the duo Captain & Tennille and their final album with A&M Records.
Keeping Our Love Warm is the sixth studio album by the American duo Captain & Tennille. Issued in 1980, it was their final full-length release recorded for Casablanca Records.
More Than Dancing is a 1982 independent release by The Captain and Tennille. The album was released on a now-defunct Australian record label, Wizard Records. Following the five years of international success between A&M Records and Casablanca Records, The Captain & Tennille had essentially concluded their major recording career in 1980 with the album Keeping Our Love Warm. The following year, Wizard Records invested in The Captain & Tennille to record More Than Dancing. When released in 1982, the album had limited Australian release and was not released internationally. The album was considered extremely rare until the CD release in 2003.
The Secret of Christmas is a Christmas album by the pop duo Captain & Tennille. It is also the last studio album released by the duo before their divorce in 2014 and Daryl Dragon's subsequent death in 2019. The Secret of Christmas is a collection of Holiday and Christmas songs predominantly recorded in 2006 and released in 2007 by the independent label, Retroactive Entertainment. "Here Comes Santa Claus", however, was an instrumental track Daryl Dragon recorded in the 1980s.
"Can't Stop Dancin" is a song written by John Pritchard Jr. and Ray Stevens which became a Top 40 hit for Captain and Tennille in early 1977. It was the first single released from their third studio album, Come In from the Rain.
"Hurt You" is a song by American recording artists Toni Braxton and Babyface. It was written by Braxton and Babyface along with Daryl Simmons and Antonio Dixon for their collaborative studio album Love, Marriage & Divorce (2014), while production was helmed by Babyface. The song was released on August 17, 2013 as the lead single from the album. It topped the US Adult R&B Songs and was ranked fifth on the chart's year-end listing.
In fact, her two latest albums--"More Than You Know" (1984) and "All of Me" (1987)--feature jazz-oriented renditions of Tin Pan Alley tunes from the '30s and '40s.
In Montgomery, Alabama, on WSFA TV... mother had a talk show and she was on for five years. She produced her own show and she was the star of it and it was on live everyday.CS1 maint: location (link)
The Toni Tenille Show (ended 1981). Air date: September 15, 1980 (Episode 1).
Daily Monday to Fridays Daytime 4-5pm, Hour long program (15-Sep-1980 to 27-Feb-1981)
Go into the studio with Toni Tennille as she performs her memoir and shares stories of her life in music.
But I do know this... He said 'I saw you on The Today Show. I was proud of you.' And Caroline was with me in the back of the car and we both kinda teared up a bit. He is proud of me, and he's proud of the music.
With several big band albums to her credit, including the just-released 'Things Are Swingin (...)
'Incurably Romantic,' her latest CD, featuring old love-song standards written by artists such as the Gershwins and Sammy Cahn, is scheduled for release in May.
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