Randy Herman Meisner (born 8 March 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, U.S.A.) is a bass guitar player, singer and songwriter best known as a founding member of the country-rock group Eagles. One of his favorite singers is Marvin Gaye. He is also known as a lover of English comedians, namely Monty Python.
In 1969, he appeared on Poco's first album, Pickin' Up the Pieces. He ceased playing with the band shortly before the record was released and was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit. In 1970, Meisner joined Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band while he was also active in Linda Ronstadt's backup band which featured Don Henley, Glenn Frey & Bernie Leadon.
In 1971, he, along with Henley, Frey and Leadon, formed Eagles and they released their debut album in 1972. The success of Eagles brought an end to Meisner's session work, as well as his involvement with the Linda Ronstadt band. While he usually manned the bass and handled backing vocals for Eagles, he also played guitar on Desperado, On The Border, and Hotel California. During his stint with the band, he wrote and/or co-wrote songs on each of the group's first five albums - most notably "Take It to the Limit" on One of These Nights - and was featured as lead vocalist on several songs.
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