Eagles founding member Randy Meisner dies aged 77

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The music world is mourning the loss of Randy Meisner, the iconic bassist and co-founder of the legendary rock band the Eagles, who has passed away at the age of 77. Known for his exceptional contribution to the rock scene since the formation of Eagles in 1971, Meisner was behind the lead vocals on the classic track 'Take It To The Limit', which he also co-wrote.

Randy Meisner's distinctive high harmonies were instrumental in the band's mega-hits, including 'Hotel California' and 'The Best of My Love'. His death, confirmed on the Eagles' official website, resulted from complications arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Remembered for his astonishing vocal range and signature ballad 'Take It to the Limit', the band hailed Meisner as "integral" and "instrumental" in their early success. The Eagles, one of the world's most successful bands, have made their mark on history by selling over 150 million albums globally and earning a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Randy Meisner in Chicago in 1981. Credit: Paul Natkin / Getty

Tributes have begun pouring in, with Randy Bachman of the renowned rock group, the Bachman Turner Overdrive, saying, "Sorry to hear Eagles musician Randy Meisner has left us. He was an incredible singer, songwriter, and bassist. Peace to his friends and family."

Born in 1946 to a Nebraska farming family, Meisner moved to California to pursue his passion for music. Before co-founding the Eagles with Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon, he played with Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band and Poco, among others.

Meisner and his band shaped the unique, country-tinged West Coast pop-rock sound that dominated the US airwaves in the early 1970s. Despite leaving the group after just six years due to exhaustion, Meisner's influence remained integral.

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The iconic bassist and co-founder of the legendary rock band Eagles has passed away at the age of 77. Credit: Jim Steinfeldt / Getty

Although he declined to re-join the Eagles for a world tour in 2013 due to ill health, his solo career yielded hits like 'Hearts on Fire' and 'Deep Inside My Heart'. Additionally, he collaborated with renowned artists such as James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and fellow Eagles star, Joe Walsh.

Despite facing challenges with mental health, addiction, and domestic issues later in life, Meisner always acknowledged the importance of the Eagles in his life. Reflecting on his time with the band, he once said via the BBC, "The purpose of the whole Eagles thing to me was that combination and the chemistry that made all the harmonies just sound perfect."

As the music industry grieves the loss of this stellar performer, the remaining Eagles are set to embark on a final tour this September in New York, continuing the legacy that Meisner helped build.

Featured image credit: Paul Natkin / Getty

Eagles founding member Randy Meisner dies aged 77

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By VT

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The music world is mourning the loss of Randy Meisner, the iconic bassist and co-founder of the legendary rock band the Eagles, who has passed away at the age of 77. Known for his exceptional contribution to the rock scene since the formation of Eagles in 1971, Meisner was behind the lead vocals on the classic track 'Take It To The Limit', which he also co-wrote.

Randy Meisner's distinctive high harmonies were instrumental in the band's mega-hits, including 'Hotel California' and 'The Best of My Love'. His death, confirmed on the Eagles' official website, resulted from complications arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Remembered for his astonishing vocal range and signature ballad 'Take It to the Limit', the band hailed Meisner as "integral" and "instrumental" in their early success. The Eagles, one of the world's most successful bands, have made their mark on history by selling over 150 million albums globally and earning a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Randy Meisner in Chicago in 1981. Credit: Paul Natkin / Getty

Tributes have begun pouring in, with Randy Bachman of the renowned rock group, the Bachman Turner Overdrive, saying, "Sorry to hear Eagles musician Randy Meisner has left us. He was an incredible singer, songwriter, and bassist. Peace to his friends and family."

Born in 1946 to a Nebraska farming family, Meisner moved to California to pursue his passion for music. Before co-founding the Eagles with Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon, he played with Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band and Poco, among others.

Meisner and his band shaped the unique, country-tinged West Coast pop-rock sound that dominated the US airwaves in the early 1970s. Despite leaving the group after just six years due to exhaustion, Meisner's influence remained integral.

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The iconic bassist and co-founder of the legendary rock band Eagles has passed away at the age of 77. Credit: Jim Steinfeldt / Getty

Although he declined to re-join the Eagles for a world tour in 2013 due to ill health, his solo career yielded hits like 'Hearts on Fire' and 'Deep Inside My Heart'. Additionally, he collaborated with renowned artists such as James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and fellow Eagles star, Joe Walsh.

Despite facing challenges with mental health, addiction, and domestic issues later in life, Meisner always acknowledged the importance of the Eagles in his life. Reflecting on his time with the band, he once said via the BBC, "The purpose of the whole Eagles thing to me was that combination and the chemistry that made all the harmonies just sound perfect."

As the music industry grieves the loss of this stellar performer, the remaining Eagles are set to embark on a final tour this September in New York, continuing the legacy that Meisner helped build.

Featured image credit: Paul Natkin / Getty