Randy Meisner, Eagles Co-Founder, and Singer Took his last breath on Wednesday night: Dies at 77

According to a statement from the Eagles, Randy Meisner musician and Eagles Co-Founder, passed away on Wednesday night in Los Angeles as a result of complications from chronic obstructive lung disease.

The bassist, who former bandmate Don Felder referred to as “the sweetest man in the music business,” provided high harmonies to classic songs like Take It Easy and The Best of My Love and took the lead on the waltz-tempo ballad Take It to the Limit.

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Randy Meisner’s journey

Meisner started his musical journey as the vocalist and bassist for Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. He eventually became the founding bassist for the country-rock group Poco in the 1960s before establishing the Eagles in 1971 with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon.

Meisner is recognized for his contributions to several Eagles albums, including “Eagles,” “Desperado,” “On The Border,” “One of These Nights,” and “Hotel California,” featuring “Try and Love Again” and “Take it to the Limit.”

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In 1988, he and the Eagles were both admitted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Eagles released a string of successful singles and albums over the following ten years, beginning with “Take It Easy” and continuing with songs like “Desperado,” “Hotel California,” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” among others, as they transitioned from country music to hard rock.

The Eagles released two of the best-selling albums of all time, “Hotel California” and “Their Greatest Hits (1971–75),” despite being criticized by many critics as slick and superficial. With 38 million combined sales, the Recording Industry Association of America ranked these albums alongside Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the best-selling albums of all time.

The Eagles, led by singers Henley and Frey, were once categorized as “mellow” and “easy listening.” However, they had a rock guitarist, Felder, on their third album, “On the Border,” which was released in 1974.


1. Why did Randy Meisner leave the Eagles?
= Randy Meisner left Eagles in 1977 to pursue a solo career and seek artistic freedom.

2. When did Randy Meisner co-found the Eagles?
= Randy Meisner, along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon, co-founded Eagles in the 1970s.

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