03/07/1994 at 01:00 AM EST
"I don't know if our music is going to be around as long as Gershwin's, but it has stood the test of time close to 20 years," says keyboardist Daryl Dragon, 51. "That's nice." Exactly—nice. As the yachting-capped half of the Captain and Tennille, Dragon and his wife, singer Toni Tennille, turned out a string of sprightly pop hits, starting with "Love Will Keep Us Together" and followed by such classics as "Do That to Me One More Time" and "Musk-rat Love," which they performed in 1976 at the Ford White House for Queen Elizabeth. Soon afterward, they were starring in an ABC variety show. By 1980—well, where were they? In semiretirement in Reno and happy for the reprieve. "The minute our faces were on TV, it wrecked it for me," recalls Tennille, 50. "I just didn't like being highly visible." The couple, who have no children, continue to perform on cruises and at conventions. They own the very successful Rumbo recording studios in the San Fernando Valley (Guns N' Roses and Barry Manilow have cut albums there). And they remain true to the song that made them famous. "I can't imagine us not being together," says Tennille.