The legendary rock band Eagles announced the passing of founding member Randy Meisner at the age of 77 in a heartfelt post on their official Facebook page. The band revealed that Meisner had succumbed to complications arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, marking the end of an era for the influential group.
Randy Meisner played a pivotal role in the early success of the Eagles, contributing as the lead bassist and showcasing his remarkable vocal range, most notably in the signature ballad, “Take It to the Limit.” His talents were a driving force in the band’s evolution from country rock to hard rock, and he played an instrumental role in delivering a string of hit singles and albums that captivated audiences for a decade. Songs like “Take It Easy,” “Desperado,” “Hotel California,” and “Life In the Fast Lane” became anthems of a generation.
Despite the Eagles’ overwhelming success, Meisner experienced personal challenges during the “Hotel California” tour. His first marriage was falling apart, and he found himself homesick and reluctant to take the spotlight in “Take It to the Limit,” where his nasally tenor shone. A moment of contention during a concert in Knoxville, Tennessee, led to a backstage argument with bandmate Glenn Frey, prompting Meisner’s decision to leave the band soon after. He was later replaced by Timothy B. Schmit.
Meisner ventured into a solo career after parting ways with the Eagles. While he never attained the same level of success as the band, he still achieved recognition with hits such as “Hearts On Fire” and “Deep Inside My Heart.” He collaborated with renowned musicians like Joe Walsh, James Taylor, and Dan Fogelberg on various records.
Throughout his life, Meisner experienced love and loss. He married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Lee Barton, with whom he had three children before their divorce in 1981. Later, in November 1996, he married Lana Rae, who remained his spouse until her passing in 2016.
Meisner’s impact on the music industry was profound, leaving a lasting legacy as part of the Eagles and through his solo endeavors. Even after his departure from the band, he remained proud of the Eagles’ work, acknowledging their enduring popularity and the significance of their well-crafted songs.
As news of Randy Meisner’s passing spread, the music community mourned the loss of the talented singer, songwriter, and bassist. Canadian guitarist Randy Bachman paid tribute to Meisner on Twitter, acknowledging his incredible musical abilities and sending condolences to his friends and family.