A variation on my In His Own Words series.
“Randy Meisner was a very gentle soul. Pisces. A quiet and friendly guy. No aggressive vibe at all. Very sweet. He was so there and open.”
-Henry Diltz, 2008
“When I saw Randy my tongue just fell right out on the table. I just couldn’t believe that anybody could look, sing, and play cool all at the same time. It was too much for me.”
-Glenn Frey on the first time he saw Randy with Poco at the Troubadour, 1995
“I’ve always been a fan of Randy Meisner, ever since I first heard him sing and play back in Colorado. I don’t think Poco or the Eagles were the same without him. “
-Rusty Young, 2000
As for Randy, he was a very important component as well. It would never have been the same band without him. His singing on the high end is unlike any other sound. He also helped define a style of songwriter-rooted bass playing, not unlike Paul McCartney. He always managed to make a nice melody under what the others were doing. And he could play light, with the tips of his fingers. The only other person I’d ever heard do that was Stephen Stills.
-J.D. Souther, 1997
“Randy Meisner, of Nebraskan farming stock, was the nicest guy I have ever played with in a band. No matter what went down, you could hang with ‘Meis’ and have a laugh…Naturally shy and quiet, he hated it when the attention was focused on him or his playing, but there were few occasions when I saw him unhappy or not putting a bright face on a situation. He looked very young and continually attracted the ladies with his cute looks. Randy’s sole purpose in life was to have a few drinks, roll a few joints, and make everybody laugh. He was a wonderful midwestern guy with a great heart and a loving soul.
-Don Felder, 2007
I love Randy and he’s probably one of the best people in the world, but he never knows what he’s going to do next.
-Pat Shanahan (The Poor, Stone Canyon Band) on Randy’s restlessness, 2000
“Meisner hit some notes only dogs can hear.”
-Don Henley on “One Of These Nights,” 2003
“Randy is one of the nicest, gentlest men I have ever had the pleasure of working with in the industry, as well as a truly great high tenor with a natural sense of harmony, but I believe he had never completely gotten over walking away from the Eagles…It was his decision to leave, but I think he felt he had been backed into a corner where he really had no other choice, if he wanted to maintain his self-respect.
-Rick Roberts, 2015
“Poco had Randy Meisner in the band and they were just killer.“
-Jim Bickhart (music critic/journalist), 2000
“He’s kind of a quiet, shy guy with a family, and he’s also been doing longer than we have. He was in a band called The Poor out here in 1968 and then in Poco, and he doesn’t care about interviews and so forth. As far as he’s concerned he’ll just let Glenn and me shoot off our mouths and make fools of ourselves. He does his job and goes home to Nebraska when it’s done.”
-Don Henley, 1976
“Randy was great in the studio, particularly when it came to vocal arrangements. He came up with all these cool little parts that just “made” the song come together. He called it putting the glue on it. He was right. It just welded all the parts of the song together…When we started getting the live show together, one thing Randy was a stickler for was having the band well rehearsed. Hey, when an ex-Eagle says rehearsal is important, you best listen. We had a great time doing it too. Randy would usually bring some donuts and coffee. Maple donuts, by the way. Then we would rehearse all morning, take a lunch break, grab a falafel, and right back for more rehearsals.
-Charlie Rich, Jr (Meisner, Swan & Rich)
Randy never knew how great he was.
-Joe Walsh, 2013
Canyon Of Dreams: The Magic & Music Of Laurel Canyon by Harvey Kubernik, 2009
Conversations With Don Henley & Glenn Frey by Cameron Crowe, August 2003
Charlie Rich, Jr.
Desperados: The Roots Of Country Rock by John Einarson, 2000
Heaven And Hell: My Life With The Eagles by Don Felder, 2007
History Of The Eagles (documentary, Dir. Alison Ellwood), 2013
Lame Brain: My Journey Back To Real Life by Rick Roberts, 2015
Melody Maker, December 11, 1976
The Story Of The Eagles: The Long Run by Marc Shapiro, 1995
To The Limit: The Untold Story Of The Eagles by Marc Eliot, 1997