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Cathryn Antoinette "Toni" Tennille (born May 8, 1940, Montgomerymarker, Alabamamarker) is one-half of the 1970s Grammy Award winning duo Captain & Tennille. Tennille has also done musical work independently of her husband Daryl Dragon. Tennille has a contralto vocal range.


Tennille was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, as part of a family of entertainers. Her father, Frank Tennille, was a big band singer with Bob Crosby and the Bobcats and her mother, Cathryn Tennille, was a local television pioneer, being the hostess of Montgomery’s first daytime TV talk show. Tennille's musical sisters, Jane, Louisa, and Melissa, all sang on her variety TV shows, as well as on the Captain & Tennille albums. Tennille began her career studying classical piano at Auburn Universitymarker and singing with the university's big band, the Auburn Knights.

Tennille sang backup vocals on Pink Floyd's, The Wall, and she also did backup singing for Elton John's recordings: performing on at least three John albums, including Caribou, Blue Moves, 21 at 33 and most notably on the song, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".

Tennille is tall. She married Kenneth Shearer in June 1962; they divorced in 1972. She then married Daryl Dragon on 11 November 1975; they now live in Prescottmarker, Arizonamarker.

Tennille toured with The Beach Boys during the 1970s with her husband, both playing keyboards for the group.

In 1988, Tennille appeared in the Broadwaymarker musical, Stardust, along with Sean Young and Hinton Battle in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker.


Tennille graduated from Sidney Lanier High Schoolmarker and Auburn Universitymarker in Alabama.


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