Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Captain & Tennille--Love Will Keep Us Together (1975)

     In 1971, Toni Tennille was looking for a keyboardist. The play she had co-written was being set up for performance at the South Coast Repertory. Dragon was on break from his gig with the Beach Boys as a part of the touring band and was hired. He was impressed with her voice and recommended her as a backup singer on the next BB's tour. When the tour was over, they began writing and performing together. A recording they made of, "The Way I Want To Touch You" garnered them a contract with A&M records.

      The song, "Love Will Keep Us Together" was written by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield in 1973. Sedaka first recorded it for his album, The Tra-La Days Are Over" which was released in the UK only and later in the US on the album, "Sedaka's Back" in 1974. The song had also been covered by Wilson Pickett  before The Captain (a name given to Dragon by Mike Love from the Beach Boys) & Tennille recorded it for their debut album in 1975.

     The song reached #1 in the US and began a string of top 5 hits over the next two years. It also began a renaissance of Sedaka's career as a songwriter and a singer. Dragon & Tennille married late that year and 35 years later are enjoying their life together in Prescott Arizona.


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