PODCAST: Toni Tennille: "I Think He (The Captain) Loved Me In His Own Weird Way"

Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon were married for almost 40 years. The husband and wife duo won a Grammy for their 1975 hit "Love Will Keep Us Together." They had a string of hits that took them through the 70s and into the early 1980s, a popular TV show, and for all intents and purposes, fans thought a perfect marriage. But Tennille says love just wasn't enough.

"I think he loved me in his own kind of weird way, but he just simply could not express it" Tennille told me during a reveling 45 minute interview. But she admits while the marriage wasn't perfect, Dragon was able to bring out the creativity in his wife.

"As much as he drove me nuts, as much as I just almost lost my mind when I was living with him at that time, he brought out the most creative part of me in my whole life. We made music together, that's what we did, the rest of it didn't work."

"(Daryl) brought out the most creative part of me in my whole life"

Tennille is now living in Florida. She wrote her self-titled memoir with her niece, and spends her days with friends, family and still stays in contact with her ex-husband. "It's his own fault that he's driven his family that's left and friends away" says Tennille laughing, "but I just can't not let him live a good life." That's why Tennille visits Dragon several times a year at his home in Arizona. She's also encouraged him to start working on his own memoir. "I want him to be as happy as he can possibly be." 

"We made music together, the rest of it didn't work" says Tennille of hear 39 year marriage to "The Captain"

Tennille says she doesn't miss the long days and demanding touring schedule she used to keep. Instead, she's content working with various local organizations, advocating for animals and watching her favorite TV show, "The Big Bang Theory." 

But when asked if she'd ever consider singing or possibly touring again, Tennille laughs and says she's just an "old broad," who's afraid her voice wouldn't stand the test of time. "When Daryl and I first started working together, I said 'Daryl I never want to be a nostalgia act.' I don't want to drag it out." 

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