Meisner, Rich & Swan
Dos Gringos, Temecula, CA
June 17-18, 1992

According to Charlie Rich, Jr, this was was the band’s first gig.

“Temecula, California. Our first show together. After the show ended I knew I was a part of something special. We continued working the West Coast for the next few months. Then I spoke with a friend in Holland that was interested in booking the band. We did a European tour that was just a blast. We used Mark Craney on drums, as (John) Molo was out with Bruce Hornsby at the time.”

Charlie Rich, Jr (via

The band’s original name was Meisner, Rich and Swan. They were billed under this name from 1992 until their last performance in 1996. The band later became known as Meisner, Swan and Rich following a CD labeling mishap in 2001, when the band was no longer touring together.

The Californian (Temecula, CA) June 16, 1992
The Californian (Temecula, CA) June 17, 1992

Black Tie: Cinegrill, Hollywood, CA, June 17, 1986

Black Tie (billed individually) performed at the Cinegrill in Hollywood for their “Jam” night. Original members Randy, Jimmy Griffin, and Billy Swan were joined by Blondie Chaplin, David Kemper, and George Michalski, who were part of their touring band. Kemper also appeared on Black Tie’s album, When The Night Falls.

Los Angeles Times ~ June 17, 1986

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Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
November 14th, 1985

This was Black Tie’s first club performance.
The band included, Randy, Jimmy Griffin from Bread, Billy Swan, David Kemper from the Jerry Garcia Band, and Randy’s former Eagle bandmate, Bernie Leadon, who toured with the band through January 1986, when he was replaced with Blondie Chaplin.

All but Leadon appeared on the band’s album, When Night Falls, which featured Randy singing lead on one song: Buddy Holly’s “Learning The Game.” However, when the album was rereleased on CD in 1990, Randy’s lead vocal on the song was replaced with Griffin’s. Listen to Randy’s version here:

“Learning The Game” (original album version) – Black Tie

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