Randy Meisner, an original member of the Eagles who contributed high harmonies to hits like “Take It Easy” and “The Best of My Love” and took the lead on the waltz-tempo ballad “Take It to the Limit,” passed away on Thursday, the group announced.
The Eagles released a statement on Meisner’s passing on Wednesday night in Los Angeles due to complications from chronic obstructive lung disease. He was 77.
The bassist had suffered from a number of illnesses in recent years, and in 2016, his wife, Lana Rae Meisner, inadvertently shot and killed herself. According to court documents and remarks made during a 2015 hearing in which a judge ordered Randy Meisner to get continuous medical care, Meisner had been identified as having bipolar disorder and had serious alcohol problems.
The baby-faced Meisner joined Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon in the early 1970s to establish a classic Los Angeles band and one of the most well-known groups in history, earning the nickname “the sweetest man in the music business” from former bandmate Don Felder.
According to a statement from the Eagles, Randy “was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band.” “Take It to the Limit,” his hallmark song, showcases his incredible vocal range.”
Planned funeral services, according to the band.
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 (1971-1975),” despite being criticised 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 initially categorised as “mellow” and “easy listening.” However, by the time of their third album, “On the Border,” which was released in 1974, they had added a rock guitarist named Felder and were moving away from country and bluegrass.
Leadon, a traditional bluegrass picker, left after the 1975 release of the album “One of These Nights” because he didn’t like the new sound. (Joe Walsh, another rock guitarist, took his position.) The band’s most well-known album, “Hotel California,” was released in 1976, and Meisner stayed on till then. However, he left the group not long after. Ironically, the song “Take It to the Limit,” which he co-wrote and for which he was best known, was what ultimately prompted his departure.