- Randy Meisner, Eagles Co-Founder and Singer of ‘Take It To The Limit,’ Dies at 77
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Randy Meisner, Eagles Co-Founder and Singer of ‘Take It To The Limit,’ Dies at 77
On July 26, Randy Meisner, the retired American singer and co-founder of the Eagles, passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 77. The cause of death was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Meisner’s death has left a void in the music world and has led many to reflect on the enduring legacy of the Eagles and their contributions to rock music.
A Founding Member and Talented Musician
Randy Meisner, along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon, formed the Eagles in 1971. Meisner played bass and lent his distinctive vocals to several of the band‘s most beloved albums, including “Eagles,” “Desperado,” “On The Border,” “One of These Nights,” and “Hotel California.” He is perhaps best known for co-writing and singing the band‘s hit song “Take It to the Limit.”
The Eagles, in their official statement, described Meisner as an integral part of the band‘s early success and highlighted his astonishing vocal range. Indeed, his talent and contribution to the Eagles‘ sound cannot be overstated.
A Musical Journey Before the Eagles
Prior to his time with the Eagles, Meisner was a member of the band Poco, alongside former Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina. He also served as a vocalist for Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. Meisner’s musical journey was rich and diverse, reflecting his passion and commitment to his craft.
The Early Days with the Eagles
Meisner’s association with the Eagles began when he was recruited by John Boylan to perform with Linda Ronstadt. Meisner, along with Henley and Frey, served as Ronstadt’s backing musicians. Their talent and chemistry led to the formation of the Eagles and the creation of their unique sound.
The early days rehearsing in Ronstadt’s house were filled with promise and excitement. Ronstadt recalls their harmonies on “Witchy Woman” and knew they had something special. The Eagles had strong voices, playing, and songwriting abilities. They were part of a vibrant music scene that included talented songwriters like Jack Tempchin, J.D. Souther, and Jackson Browne.
A Rock and Roll Icon’s Departure
In 1977, Meisner left the band, and Timothy B. Schmit, who had replaced him in Poco, took his place. Meisner pursued a solo career, releasing a few albums, including his self-titled debut in 1978 and “One More Song” in 1980.
While Meisner’s departure marked a significant change for the Eagles, the band continued to solidify their place in rock history with hits like “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane.”
A Reunion and Ongoing Health Issues
In 1994, the Eagles embarked on a reunion tour, but Meisner was not included. However, in 1998, he made a special appearance with the band at the New York City induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They performed “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California,” showcasing the lasting legacy of their music.
In 2013, the Eagles invited Meisner to join them on their “History of the Eagles” world tour. Unfortunately, due to ongoing health issues, he was unable to participate.
Remembering a Musical Legend
Randy Meisner’s passing has led fans and fellow musicians to reflect on his significant contributions to the Eagles‘ success and the broader rock music genre. His vocal range, bass playing, and co-writing abilities left an indelible mark on the band‘s sound and their enduring legacy.
Through his work with the Eagles and his solo career, Meisner helped shape the landscape of rock music. His talent and dedication to his craft will continue to inspire generations of musicians to come.
Funeral arrangements for Meisner are currently pending, and fans and music lovers alike await an opportunity to pay their respects to this musical icon.
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