The Serenade Queen Elizabeth By no means Anticipated Throughout Her 1976 White Home Go to

Captain & Tennille’s viewers that fateful evening in 1976 included former President Gerald Ford, First Woman Betty Ford, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his spouse. Different notable visitors had been Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Prime Minister James Callaghan. Tennille recalled the notorious efficiency in 2016 whereas at a Barnes & Noble occasion selling her memoir, “Toni Tennille: A Memoir” (by way of YouTube).

Tennille described the high-profile entrance row particular person by particular person. “Prince Philip, he is sort of tapping his foot, smiling. Queen Elizabeth was sort of like this,” Tennille mentioned, performing out somebody dozing off of their seat. “As a result of I believe she had jet lag, I believe she was, bless her coronary heart. However she wasn’t frowning or something.” Regardless of the queen struggling to remain awake all through Captain & Tennille’s set, Tennille instructed Those that Prince Philip shook her hand after the efficiency and “was so pretty.”

The keyboardist has lengthy joked concerning the expertise, together with on a 1980 episode of “The Toni Tennille Present.” Whereas introducing “Muskrat Love,” Tennille mentioned, “Each time I sing this tune, I consider Henry Kissinger. I will always remember Henry as a result of as I sang this tune … right here was Henry.” Tennille then crossed her arms and seemed up with a clean, unenthused expression (by way of YouTube), which she later referred to as “dour” and “disapproving” at her 2016 ebook signing.