Randy Meisner

Randy Meisner

was born on March 8, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He is a bass guitar player and backup vocalist. In 1961 he joined his first band called The Dynamics which later became The Drivin’ Dynamics. Randy then moved to California with the band called, The Poor. He supported himself by doing studio sessions. In 1969 he appeared on Poco’s first album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces. In 1970 he joined Rick Nelson’s Stone canyon Band. He appeared on In Concert At The troubadour in 1969 and also in Rudy The fifth. He was also in the backup band for Linda Ronstadt. Which also had members, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon.

In 1971, Randy, along with Don, Glen, and Bernie, the group formed The Eagles which became one of the greatest music groups of all time. Randy also played guitar, bass and did backup vocals. He also wrote and co-wrote songs for the group. He was with The Eagles when they released their first five albums and he was featured as lead vocalist on some of them.

Randy missed his family and threatened to quit the band many times. After they released the Hotel California in 1976, he did resign. He was replaced by Timothy Schmit. Randy continued to release solo albums. In 1978 he released, Randy Meisner, in 1980 he released One More Song, and in 1982 the CBS release Randy Meisner. He again started session playing, and supported James taylor, Joe Walsh, Dan Fogleberg, Bob welch, Richie Furay, Richard Marx, Peter Lewis, Danny O’Keefe, Mac Gayden & Electric Range, and was a part of the one hit band Black Tie.

Randy did a reunion album with Poco (Legacy), in 1989, and with the Eagles’ 1998 appearance at the New York induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All seven of the past and present members performed, Take It Easy, and Hotel California at this ceremony.

Randy had a person who was impersonating him in Atlanta, Georgia. The man’s name was Lewis Morgan. He began the impersonation in 1989 and was not caught until 1997. He was arrested and spent 16 months in jail. After he was released he continued his impersonation of Randy and was still doing so as of 2006.

The songs that Randy was featured as lead singer or co-singer while with the Eagles were, Most of Us Are Sad, Take the Devil, Tryin’, Certain Kind of Fool, Saturday Night, Midnight Flyer, On the Border, Is It true, Too Many Hands, Take It To the Limit, Try and Love Again. Randy’s albums were, Randy Meisner (1978), One More Song (1980), Randy Meisner (1982), and Dallas (2002).