Randy Herman Meisner born March 8, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, U.S. is an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of Poco and the Eagles. Throughout his professional musical career Meisner’s main role has been as bassist and backing high-harmony vocalist as both a group member and session musician.
In September 1971, Meisner, along with Henley, Frey and Leadon, formed the Eagles, signing with David Geffen’s new label, Asylum Records, and they released their eponymous debut album in 1972.
While he usually manned the bass and handled backing vocals for the Eagles, he also played guitar on Desperado, On the Border, and Hotel California.
During his six years 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 other songs.
Meisner’s time in the band was reportedly weighed down by his desire to be with his family. According to Don Felder, Meisner constantly threatened to resign.
After the supporting tour of Hotel California, Meisner quit the band in September 1977,citing “exhaustion”.
He would be replaced by Timothy B.Schmit, coincidentally the same bassist who replaced him in Poco.
On his abrupt resignation from the band, Meisner has said, “When I quit, it was like Timothy Schmit joined the group, and it was like Timothy was the guy now, and I can’t blame them for that.
All that stuff and all the arguing amongst the Eagles is over now. Well at least for me.”