New Posts: November & December 2023
On March 8, 1981, Randy and the Silverados performed at the Agora Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio. This was also Randy’s 35th birthday.
The Eagles participated in the Summer of Stars concert series in Homewood, IL on August 9, 1975.
Randy Meisner’s most identifiable song “Take It To the Limit” was used in a TV commercial for NEC computers. It was recorded in New York City by Randy and Roger Tallman of Tallman Music. Roger Tallman produced this commercial, and it was aired during the NEC World Series of Golf tournament on August 23, 1986. This commercial and a few others are on the Radio and TV Commercial Spots page.
This ‘Randy Meisner Hearts on Fire’ website honors Randy Meisner’s musical career and legacy as a musician, singer, and songwriter. There are many posts below of albums, concerts, and performances, etc. related to Randy’s retrospective musical history as the original bass player with the Eagles. There’s also posts and information about his other bands (both before and after the Eagles) like: The Dynamics and Drivin’ Dynamics; Soul Survivors; The Poor; Poco; Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band; The Silverados; Black Tie; Roberts-Meisner Band; Randy Meisner Band; Meisner, Swan and Rich; World Classic Rockers; and his solo career. Fans of Randy should find plenty to read and see on this site.
Please enjoy all there is to see here. Research for documentation is always being done, and posts are updated frequently with additional photos (some often not seen elsewhere), newspaper/magazine articles, and videos. Also, new posts about Randy Meisner are added continually. The music audios and videos that are throughout this site are also collectively listed on the Music Audios and Videos page in the main menu above. New music is being added all the time. The photographer’s name is included on the pages with the photos when it is known. If you were the photographer of any photo on this site and it is not credited, please let me know so I can correct that. Thank you!
If you do repost anything from this site, it would be most appreciated if you would link back or mention that you found it here. Thanks! Randy Meisner was never affiliated with this archival resource site in any way.
Podcasts, INTERVIEWS, & COMMERCIALS
In addition to interviews to read, there are videos and audios of Randy Meisner speaking in interviews. There were also occasional radio and TV commercials.
The Early Bands
Randy Meisner started out his music career in his hometown of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. At about the age of 14 Randy was in a band called the Deacons (name later changed to the Thunderbirds). On November 23, 1961 at the age of 15 he officially became a founding member of the Dynamics from Scottsbluff (name later changed to the Drivin’ Dynamics). After the Drivin’ Dynamics participated in a Battle of the Bands contest in 1966 in Denver, he was asked to join the Soul Survivors of Denver. The Soul Survivors soon moved to California, and after a very brief period of calling themselves the North Serrano Blues Band, they changed their name to The Poor. In mid-1968 Randy leaves The Poor to join Pogo/Poco. He had first been asked to join the Electric Prunes, but he turned down that invitation and joined Poco instead.
Poco – 1968 & 1989
Randy Meisner first joined Poco along with Rusty Young, Jim Messina, Richie Furay, and George Grantham in 1968. However, he was only with Poco a few months. After a disagreement about participating in the mixing of the first album, Randy left Poco by April 1969 to join Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. Fortunately, those original Poco members reunited in 1989 for the Legacy tour and Legacy album. Randy was asked to join Sky Kings in 1991 after Legacy was finished, but he declined the invitation.
Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon Band
After leaving Poco in 1969, Randy was asked by Rick Nelson to help form the Stone Canyon Band. Randy gets former Poor members Allen Kemp and Pat Shanahan into the band.
Randy Meisner was the original bass player and a founding member of the Eagles, along with Bernie Leadon, Glenn Frey, and Don Henley. Don Felder and Joe Walsh later joined. He was with the band from 1971 through the Hotel California tour in 1977. Randy was involved in the Eagles’ first five albums (Eagles, Desperado, On the Border, One of These Nights, Hotel California) plus the Greatest Hits album:
“On the Border”
“One of These Nights”
Bands After the Eagles
After Randy left the Eagles in 1977 after the Hotel California tour, he was in a number of bands. Some of the bands were: Silverados; Black Tie; Open Secret; Roberts-Meisner Band; Randy Meisner Band; Meisner, Swan & Rich; World Classic Rockers.
During the post-Eagles time, he was also doing solo gigs.