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The Eagles lost one of their founding member, Randy Meisner, who added a lot to our favorites like “Take It Easy” and “The Best of My Love.” He died on Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 77 with complications of COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The bassist went through a lot of affliction in recent years as well as a personal loss when Lana Rae Meisner, his wife, accidentally shot herself and died in the year 2016. He was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has severe alcohol-related issues, and in 2015, the court ordered him to go through constant medical care.
The Eagles gave a statement saying, “Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band, his vocal range was astonishing, as is evident on his signature ballad, ‘Take It to the Limit.‘”
The Eagles evolved from country rock to hard rock and gave a lot of hit albums as well as singles, starting with “Take it easy” and continuing with “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” and “ life in the fast lane,” with many others.
In the beginning, the Eagles were branded as “easy listening” and “mellow.” but by their third album, they added Felder, a rock guitarist, and changed from country and bluegrass. Leadon was unhappy with the sound and left the band after the album they made in 1976.
Meisner stayed through the release of their most acclaimed record,”Hotel california,” in 1976 but left soon after. His departure was touched off with a song that he co-wrote.
Meisner, as a solo artist, did not approach the success of the Eagles but gave hits with “Hearts on fire” and “Deep inside my heart.” he also played on records by James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and Walsh.
Meisner, the grandson of a classical violinist and son of sharecroppers, played in various local bands during his teens, and by the end of 1960, he went out of California and joined Poco, a country band, with Jimmy Messia and Richie Furay.
Once in an interview, Meisner told a music website in 2015, “The purpose of the whole Eagles thing to me was that combination and the chemistry that made all the harmonies just sound perfect. The funny thing is after we made those albums I never listened to them and it is only when someone comes over or I am at somebody’s house and it gets played in the background that is when I’ll tell myself, ‘Damn, these records are good.'”
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