Mr. Media: The Tony Tennille Interview
Narrated By: ,
Date: April 2016
Duration: 0 hours 50 minutes
ÒToni Tennille: A MemoirÓ is an okay title for the Alabama nativeÕs life story, but once you read it to the end, you might agree with me that ÒToni Tennille: Happy At LastÓ is more fitting.
I cannot deny that I had low expectations as I began reading the autobiography of this singer who I always adored as a teen and held on to over the decades as a guilty pop pleasure. The glamour, the celebrity friends, parties, etc. Ð ho-hum, weÕve certainly heard it all before.
But trust me, you havenÕt heard this story.
If, like me, you are old enough to remember The Captain and Tennille as a top of the charts recording and touring sensation, youÕll remember Toni TennileÕs soaring vocals, her Southern charm and her big as all-outdoors smile.
As for The Captain Ð Daryl Dragon, the former keyboardist for The Beach Boys Ð what youÕll recall of him was that he rarely spoke while glowering at his wife and everyone else most of the rest of the time. He always wore a hat, eventually hiding behind sunglasses, too.
I spent a lifetime thinking it was an act.
Toni Tennille spent a lifetime wishing it was an act.
Turns out, The Captain was a miserable wretch of a human being and spent decades treating his wife like crap. Reading ÒToni Tennille: A MemoirÓ is a soul-crushing experience; turning each page youÕll find yourself screaming, ÒToni! Get away from that bastard!Ó
But as anyone who has ever suffered emotional abuse at the hands of a spouse knows, itÕs not always easy to make a clean break.
IÕm glad I read Toni Tennile: A Memoir; IÕm even happier to know that the subject of the book is finally free.