Where is Toni Tennille today? Died or alive? Wiki Bio
Cathryn Antoinette ‘Toni’ Tennille was born in Montgomery, Alabama USA, on 8 May 1940, so her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality. She is a singer, songwriter, and a keyboardist, best known for having been a member of the duo The Captain & Tennille.
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There are rumors circulating the internet that Toni has passed away, while she is actually healthy and is leading a peaceful life at her home in Tallahassee, Florida.
Childhood and education
Toni was raised alongside her three younger sisters in Montgomery by their mother Cathryn who was a talk show host, and their father Frank who was the owner of a small furniture shop, while also a member of the Alabama Legislature in the ‘50s.
Toni was interested in singing from a very early age, and took her first lessons at the age of six. After finishing elementary school, she enrolled at Sidney Lanier High School where she sang in several plays performed there. Upon matriculation, Toni attended Auburn University, where she learned to play the piano, and was a member of the university’s band – Auburn Knights.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962.
Career as a singer and other ventures
Toni started working as a field clerk in Balboa, California as the family moved there after her father’s furniture shop failed to make enough money. After being a clerk for a year, she joined the North American Rockwell Corporation as a statistical analyst.
Toni was living in Corona del Mar in the late ‘60s, when she was asked by Ron Thronsen to create music for his rock musical “Mother Earth”. The musical became a hit, making its way to Broadway, while Toni was credited as a composer which helped launch her career as a musician.
Just a couple of years later, she met Daryl Dragon, another American musician and songwriter; they started dating and Daryl made Toni a member of his band the Beach Boys for a tour in 1972. They were with the band for over a year before leaving to create their duo, The Captain & Tennille, and their first song “The Way I Want to Touch You” was released in September 1973. The song became a hit, helping them sign their first contract, while their cover song of “Love Will Keep Us Together” – originally performed by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka – became a gigantic hit, winning a Grammy Award for the Record of the Year in 1975.
Toni continued working for other musicians as well, and could have been heard singing background vocals on the album “Caribou” by Elton John, and on the album “The Wall” by Pink Floyd. In the summer of 1980, Toni was invited to sing the national anthem at a baseball match held in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, then went on to host her own “The Toni Tennille Show” from 1980 to 1981.
She has also done a bit of acting, and from 1998 to the summer of 1999, she portrayed Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grazinski in the play “Victor Victoria”, touring around California. She and Daryl released an album consisting of only Christmas songs entitled “The Secret of Christmas”.
Toni is also a writer, as she published “Toni Tennille: A Memoir” in April 2016.
Toni released her debut album “More Than You Know” in 1984, followed by “All of Me” in 1987. Her third album “Do It Again” came out in 1988, while “Never Let Me Go” followed in 1991. Two of her latest albums have been “Things Are Swingin’” in 1994, and “Incurable Romantic” in 2001.
Love life and relationships
Toni met her first husband, Kenneth Shearer while she was attending university, and they dated for several years before marrying in June 1962, shortly after she graduated. They were together for 10 years before splitting, but remained on good terms so the divorce was simple and quick.
Daryl asked Toni to marry him in the summer of 1974, and the ceremony was held on 11 November 1975, attended by the two’s closest friends and family. It is widely believed that Toni and Daryl married only because they were advised to do so by their accountant, as they would have to pay less taxes as a couple. In July 2014 the two divorced, Toni later stating that she filed for divorce because Daryl was not affectionate enough, or at all. They stayed good friends until 2 January 2019, when Daryl died from kidney failure.
Daryl Frank Dragon was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 27 August 1942 – his zodiac sign was Virgo and he held American nationality. He was a musician and a songwriter, better known for his nickname ‘Captain’. He was raised by his mother Eloise who was a composer, and his father Carmen Dragon who was an arranger, while his brother Dennis was a pop singer. He had his own variety show “The Captain & Tennille” in 1976 which counted 20 episodes, while he also appeared in 11 episodes of Toni’s show.
He was a member of several bands such as the Wright Sounds, The Mission, and The Yellow Balloon among others. In November 2009, Daryl developed a familial tremor which affected his career as a musician, and in 2010 the neurological condition had worsened by anxiety and stress, and he became unable to play the keyboard.
Hobbies and other interests
Toni’s main hobby was travelling during her 30s and 40s, across the US to perform with her husband, while the duo also travelled around Europe, visiting countries such as Slovenia, Germany and France. She was physically active during that time, going to the gym several times per week, while she went jogging for an hour nearly every morning.
She was interested in donating money to charity, and wanted to volunteer but had little time to do so. She has been a lover of animals since she was a teenager, and has had several pet dogs and cats.
Toni likes to watch movies in her spare time, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Heath Ledger, Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep while her favorite movies include “The Patriot”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, and “The Number 23”.
Appearance and net worth
Toni is 79 years old. She has medium long blonde hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, and weighs around 158lbs (72kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $4.5 million.