Randy Meisner, one of the founding members of the legendary, Grammy-winning country-rock band, the Eagles, passed away on July 26 in Los Angeles at the age of 77, following complications with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The news was confirmed via the Eagles’ website, with the remaining members paying tribute to Meisner's lasting influence, both on the band itself and on the music industry as a whole.
Prior to the Eagles’ personal message, the official announcement highlighted Meisner's impact on the band's success, “As the original bass player for the pioneering country-rock group, Poco, Randy was at the forefront of the musical revolution that began in Los Angeles, in the late 1960s. In 1971, Randy, along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon, formed the Eagles and contributed to the band's albums, Eagles, Desperado, On The Border, One of These Nights, and Hotel California. He was inducted with the Eagles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998”.
The Eagles themselves then penned a moving celebration of Randy Meisner's pivotal role in the trailblazing group’s origins and evolution throughout the 70's, “Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band. His vocal range was astonishing, as is evident on his signature ballad, ‘Take It to the Limit’”.
‘Take It To The Limit’ remains one of the Eagles’ most iconic songs to date, appearing on their 1975 opus, One of These Nights, which also spawned the hit single, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’.
As well as elevating many Eagles songs with his distinctive, ethereal vocals, Randy Meisner provided the infectious bass-lines for the group's first handful of albums.
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