On this day in music history: June 21, 1975 - “Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain & Tennille hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, it will be the first chart topping single for the husband and wife duo. The song is originally recorded by Sedaka in 1973 and included on his album “The Tra-La Days Are Over”. The album is a collaboration between the singer/songwriter and the band 10cc. It will not be released in the US, but tracks from the set will be issued in November 1974 on the US compilation “Sedaka’s Back”. It is here that The Captain & Tennille will hear the song, and record it for their debut release on A&M Records. Their version will quickly become a smash, climbing to the top of the Hot 100 in its tenth week on the chart. “Love Will Keep Us Together” will win the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year, and will be ranked the top single of 1975 by Billboard Magazine. The Captain & Tennille will also record a Spanish language version of the track (“Por Amor Viviremos”, translated by Armando Martinez) that will also chart, peaking at #49 on the Hot 100 on September 13th.
On this day in music history: February 16, 1980 - “Do That To Me One More Time” by The Captain & Tennille hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week also peaking at #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #58 on the R&B singles chart. Written by Toni Tennille, it will be the duo’s first release on Casablanca Records after a successful five year stint on A&M Records. Shortly after signing with Casablanca, they will play the song at their home in Pacific Palisades, CA for label president Neil Bogart who will declare it “a smash”. It will be their second #1 pop single and their final millon seller.