Randy Meisner, founding member of the Eagles, dies at 77

Randy Meisner, a founding member of the band Eagles, has died at 77 due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Background: Meisner was instrumental to the early success of the Eagles and known for his impressive vocal range.
* The band produced many hit songs and albums such as “Take It Easy”, “Desperado”, “Hotel California” and “Life In the Fast Lane”.
* Their albums “Hotel California” and “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” are two of the most popular albums of all time.
* Meisner departed from the band after the release of “Hotel California” but joined past and present group members in 1998 for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Recent Years: Meisner had battled numerous health conditions in recent years and been under constant medical care.
* His health issues included bipolar disorder and severe alcoholism.
* In 2016, he experienced personal tragedy when his wife, Lana Rae Meisner, accidentally shot herself and died.

Memories: Despite personal struggles, Meisner is remembered fondly by former bandmates.
* Don Felder described him as “the sweetest man in the music business”.
* His vocal contributions, particularly in “Take It to the Limit”, were praised in the Eagles’ statement following his passing.

Legacy: Although he didn’t achieve similar success as a solo artist, Meisner’s impact on the music industry was substantial.
* He played on records by various artists including James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg.
* He was part of the touring act World Classic Rockers, which included other notable musicians such as Donovan, Spencer Davis and Denny Laine.

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