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Captain & Tennille

Divorcing

Love WON'T Keep Us Together

1/22/2014 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Say it ain't so ... there's no Muskrat Love left for Captain & Tennille ... they're getting divorced ... and the Captain tells TMZ he didn't see it coming.

Toni (Tennille) filed legal docs in Arizona, claiming the marriage was "irretrievably broken."  They've been married for 39 years.

If you don't know ... you should.  They had a string of hits in the 70s, including "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Muskrat Love" and  "Do that to Me One More Time."

They were discovered by Neil Sedaka at The SmokeHouse restaurant in Burbank, near NBC.

Daryl Dragon (The Captain) is 71.  Yeah, it's Dragon.

Daryl tells TMZ ... "I don't know why she filed.  I gotta figure it out for myself first."  He also said they're still living together in the same house.

According to the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, there's special mention about health insurance coverage, and that seems relevant, because in 2009 Toni blogged that Daryl had been diagnosed with Parkinson's.   In 2011 Toni updated the message, saying Daryl's tremors were so bad he was embarrassed to go out in public ... to restaurants, the movies, etc.

Here's what's unclear -- whether it's possible Toni really filed for health insurance reasons ... whether his coverage might be better if they were divorced.

The blog has an update on Jan 16, 2014, saying "The Captain & Tennille appeared to the public as them being the ideal model for a 'rock-solid' married pair.   But almost all people naturally evolve over time, & sometimes hidden feelings start to be uncovered ..."

It's a sad day for muskrats.




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Fred Vail    

Horrible way to start my day, TMZ. Daryl and Toni have been my friends for 48 and 42 years respectively. Darly was the band leader for The Beach Boys backup band, Toni was the first 'Beach Girl,' singing harmonies. I used to see them at The Smokehouse in Burbank when they were breaking in their duo act. Yes, that's where I first heard "Muskrate Love." Since it was a restaurant--and kids were allowed-the song was always a hit. Daryl worked closely with my dear friend, the late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, on his solo albums. Daryl is not only a nice guy, but the consumate gentleman. Toni is a sweetheart--a southern girl from Auburn, AL--who is one of the greatest singers of her generation. I wish the very best for them. Hopefully, as Neil Sedaka wrote, "Love Will Keep Them Togehter."
Fred Vail
Treasure Isle Recorders
Music City, USA
PS Toni--if you ever wish to do the 'counry album' we talked about in Detroit in 1990 just pick up the phone and call meP)

280 days ago
212.

JB Latham    

Doesn't Obama Care eliminate the problem of preexisting conditions?

280 days ago
213.

maylane    

This sounds like a 'medical' decsion not a divorce of love

280 days ago
214.

joe    

havent you figured out that a woman doenst need a reason .. shes a woman, and when you turst a woman your putting your life in your own hands..

280 days ago
215.

HeeHee    

If you weren't alive in the 70s you wouldn't know who they are. Not a fan but still sad to hear they're breaking up.

280 days ago
216.

natureBoy007    

I worked with thee guys on RCCL Cruise lines and they were Great! Perhaps too much "Muskrat Lovin" going on...

280 days ago
217.

maggie63    

There is no hope for humanity. :-(

280 days ago
218.

lsw6017    

THIS IS SO CUTE A FAN CREATED A FACEBOOK PAGE TO GET THEM TO NOT DIVORCE.. I JUST LIKED IT LOL
ITS CALLED CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE PLEASE STAY TOGETHER!

280 days ago
219.

BABABOOY    

This is Mutiny.

280 days ago
220.

JustMe    

He never talked that much. On their short-lived tv show she would always say to him "you wanna say something honey?".

280 days ago
221.

david    

she probably left because he cant get a boner. maybe she needs to put a muskrat in her clam.

280 days ago
222.

Patrice Brandt    

HE HAS A MEDICAL PROBLEM SO SHE BAILS OUT!! WHAT A MORON!!!

280 days ago
223.

david    

Seriously though...I was 12 when this song came out in the summer of '75. I had it on a 45, and later got their greatest hits when I joined the Columbia House Record Club. LOL I was such a dork!

280 days ago
224.

Bandi    

She always turned me on

280 days ago
225.

Patrice Brandt    

HE HAS A MEDICAL PROBLEM SO NOW SHE FIGURES IT'S TIME TO GO!! WHAT A MORON!!

280 days ago
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