Eagles Founding Member Randy Meisner Passes Away at 77

Eagles Founding Member Randy Meisner Passes Away at 77

A portrait of Randy Meisner of The Eagles during an interview in London in 1973. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

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We are so sad to hear that Eagles and Poco bassist Randy Meisner has passed away at the age of 77.

Prior to the Eagles, Meisner auditioned for California country rock band Poco in 1968. He competed with future Eagles member Timothy B. Schmit and Gregg Allman, but Meisner got the gig as the band’s bassist. Poco was also made up of former Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina. Meisner stayed with the band until 1969 when he left and joined Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band.

In 1971, Meisner worked as a backing musician in Los Angeles for singer Linda Ronstadt along with drummer Don Henley, vocalist/guitarist Glenn Frey, and guitarist Bernie Leadon. Through their work with Ronstadt, the four musicians realized how incredible they sounded together so later that year they would form their own band. That band would be called the Eagles, and they would become one of the most important country rock bands of all time.

Randy had a voice that soared to the heavens, which was especially prevalent on his co-penned Eagles hit Take It To The Limit. Extremely underrated, he was an integral part of the Eagles as well as the entire California country scene. 

You will be so missed. KLOS sends our love to Randy’s family, friends, and loved ones ❤️🙏


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