Founding Member of the Eagles, Randy Meisner, Dies at 77


Eagles founding member Randy Meisner, whose expansive vocals on songs like “Take It to the Limit” propelled the band to international fame, died in a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday. He is 77 years old. The cause of death was complications from obstructive pulmonary disease, the group announced his death Thursday on its website.
“Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the team’s early success,” the team said. As the band’s bassist, Meisner helped form the Eagles in 1971 with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon. Meisner was with the band when they recorded the albums “Eagles”, “Desperado”, “On the Border”, “One Night” and “Hotel California”.

With mystical and allegorical lyrics, “Hotel California” has become one of the band’s most famous records. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977 and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978.
However, Meisner was not comfortable with fame. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2013, he said: “I’ve always been shy. Then one night in Knoxville he said he had a cold. “We did a couple of sets and Glenn wanted more. “Meisner said, referring to a singer-songwriter in his band who died in 2016. “I told them I couldn’t and we had a spat,” Meisner told the newspaper. “That’s it.”

Meisner left the band in September 1977 but was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Eagles in 1998. Parke Puterbaugh’s Hall of Fame essay described the band as “twink-eyed naiveties with a country-rock pedigree”, which he would later describe as “the great dark-themed album that talks about the world of excess”. became “the temptation giver who began to spin out of control”.

According to the Hall of Fame, the Eagles sold more records than any other team in the 1970s and had four consecutive singles and five singles. The album “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” alone sold over 26 million copies. Prior to the Eagles, Meisner was the guitarist for Poco, another Los Angeles country rock band formed in 1968. He left that band soon after and joined Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. A list of Meisner survivors was not immediately available Thursday evening. His wife, Lana Meisner, was killed in an accident in 2016. Born Randall Herman Meisner on March 8, 1946, in Scottsbluff, Nevada, he began practicing music at an early age.
According to a 2016 interview with Rock Cellar Magazine, he got his first acoustic guitar when he was 12 or 13 and formed a high school band soon after. “We did very well, but we didn’t get anything out of it,” Meisner said.
He was still a teenager when he joined another band and moved to Los Angeles in 1964 or 1965, Meisner told the newspaper. “There are a million teams here, so we can’t find work,” he said.
A few years later, Meisner would find more work with the Eagles. “From day one I heard the team was awesome and they would do it,” he told Rock Cellar.

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