REST IN PEACE RANDY MEISNER : Eagles Co-founder Dies at 77


On July 26, the music world lost a legend as Randy Meisner, the co-founding member and retired singer of the Eagles, passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 77. The band shared a heartfelt statement on their website, revealing that his death was due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Randy Meisner, along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon, played a pivotal role in forming the Eagles back in 1971. He not only played bass but also lent his soulful voice to some of the band’s most iconic albums, including “Eagles,” “Desperado,” “On The Border,” “One of These Nights,” and the unforgettable “Hotel California.” One of his most cherished contributions was co-writing and singing their hit song, “Take It to the Limit.”

The band shared a touching remembrance, stating that Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in their early success. His incredible vocal range truly shone, leaving a lasting impact on their signature ballad, “Take It to the Limit.”

Before achieving fame with the Eagles, Randy Meisner was part of the band Poco, alongside former Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina. He also showcased his vocal talents as a member of Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. His musical journey took him to various projects and collaborations, leaving his mark on albums like “In Concert at the Troubadour” and “Rudy The Fifth.”

Born on March 8, 1946, in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, Randy always had a passion for music. He regularly returned to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams in the industry. His path crossed with Linda Ronstadt, and together with Henley and Frey, they formed a remarkable trio. Linda vividly recalled their early rehearsals, where they worked on harmonies and songwriting, setting the stage for their future success.

After leaving the Eagles in 1977, the band continued on their journey with Timothy B. Schmit, who had also succeeded Randy in Poco. Although he wasn’t part of their 1994 reunion tour, Randy reunited with the band in 1998 for a special appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City. Together, they performed unforgettable renditions of “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California.”

Despite ongoing health issues, the Eagles extended an invitation to Randy to join their “History of the Eagles” world tour in 2013. Sadly, he couldn’t participate due to his health condition, but his legacy and impact on the band’s success were undeniable.

As the music world mourns the loss of this talented musician, the Eagles are making arrangements for Randy Meisner’s funeral. His memory will forever be etched in the hearts of fans and fellow musicians alike, as his contributions to the world of music continue to resonate with generations to come.

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