The music world is mourning another one of its own this week following the passing of founding member of the Eagles Randy Meisner at the age of 77.
Meisner, known for his lead vocals on the hit song Take It to the Limit, died on Wednesday, July 26 due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Eagles released a statement to the band’s website announcing his passing while acknowledging his “integral” role within the band.
“Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band,” the statement read.
“His vocal range was astonishing, as is evident on his signature ballad, Take It to the Limit.”
In 1971, alongside Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon, Meisner co-founded the Eagles and released their debut album under Asylum Records in 1972. As a member of the band, he played bass and provided backing vocals, but also showcased his songwriting and lead singing abilities on various tracks. One of his notable contributions was the lead vocals on the hit song Take It to the Limit.
Throughout his time with the Eagles, Meisner faced personal challenges, including a desire to spend more time with his family in addition to internal conflicts within the band. After a strenuous tour in 1976/77, Meisner’s health declined, and disagreements with fellow band member Frey resulted in his departure from the band in 1977. He was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit.
Following his exit from the Eagles, Meisner pursued a solo career and released albums in 1978 and 1980.
Meisner and his former bandmates were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
As news of his passing broke, fans paid heartfelt tributes to Meisner, honouring his musical legacy and impact on their lives.
Sorry to hear #Eagles #musician Randy Meisner has left us. He was an incredible #singer #songwriter and #bassist. Peace to his friends and family. #Takeittothelimit #rip #RandyMeisner pic.twitter.com/S3tAOcv2fO
— Randy Bachman (@RandysVinylTap) July 28, 2023
RIP Randy Meisner.
The Eagles had some great ones, but he wrote a song that you could have sworn only Tom Waits could.
Take it to the Limit (1975) pic.twitter.com/h8xHQOQae6
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) July 28, 2023
Randy Meisner of the legendary rock band Eagles has died due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complications.
His soulful vocals and bass guitar prowess added immensely to their signature sound, including co-writing and taking lead vocals on “Take It to the Limit.” pic.twitter.com/c6VuFyYBuv
— Eric Alper ???? (@ThatEricAlper) July 28, 2023
— VINTAGE ROCK N’ ROLL ???? (@RockNRoLL_85) July 27, 2023
It is with great sadness that I learned about Randy Meisner’s passing today. I’m just so grateful of the times that we spent together in the 60s and once again in the late 80s. Most of all I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to see him for the last time… pic.twitter.com/rzRz9LvCkT
— Jim Messina (@Jim_Messina) July 28, 2023
Meisner is survived by his three children, Dana, Heather, and Eric.