Captain and Tennille — the popular recording artist duo — is divorcing after 39-years of marriage.
Toni Tennille has filed papers to start divorce proceedings from her husband of almost 40-years in Arizona on January 16.
The power couple was known for its catchy hits during the 1970s and early 1980s, which included top billboard numbers as “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Muskrat Love” among many others.
Most people who are old enough to remember their music or grew up listening to it because their parents were fans had a similar reaction, say it ain’t so!
And apparently, the fans were not the only ones shocked following the announcement that Captain and Tennille were calling it quits, the Captain himself, 71-year-old Daryl Dragon was blindsided.
“I don’t know why she filed. I gotta figure it out for myself first.” Dragon told TMZ. He also said they’re still living together in the same house.
According to the divorce papers, obtained by the gossip website, there is special mention of health insurance, which appears to be relevant as Dragon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Sadly, 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.
It is not clear whether Captain and Tennille being divorced would allow Dragon to have better health coverage and that is the reason for the filing.
Captain and Tennille has been one of the longest-lived celebrity marriages and was an example of a “rock-solid” relationship.
Captain and Tennille is the 1975 Grammy Award Winner for Song of the Year with “Love Will Keep us Together” and according to Toni’s website, the couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in 2010.
As Captain & Tennille, the two recorded a total of nine albums with 14 hits on the pop charts including “Love Will Keep Us Together”, “Muskrat Love”, “Shop Around”, “Lonely Night Angel Face”, and two million-selling songs that Toni wrote about Daryl, “Do That To Me One More Time” and “The Way I Want To Touch You.”
Fans of the duo took to Twitter to express their reaction to the sad news:
The Captain & Tennille are splitting up……………….. life as I know it has just ended!
— SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ (@SAMROD2935) January 23, 2014
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 23, 2014
Oh no! The Captain and Tennille have divorced! Romance is dead! http://t.co/QlX6uAbLJB
— Guardian music (@guardianmusic) January 23, 2014
Captain and Tennille were discovered by music legend Neil Sedaka at the old Smokehouse Restaurant in Burbank, California. The couple has no children.