Drummer Patrick Shanahan, founding member of Denver’s Soul Survivors, their offshoot, The Poor, and later Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band, generously shared his memories with me about his life and career.
In December 1969, James Taylor began recording his landmark album, SWEET BABY JAMES. Randy Meisner played bass on two tracks on the album. He would later say this experience was one of the highlights of his career.
An overlooked, yet pivotal, period of Randy Meisner’s career took place between 1966 and 1968 when he was a member of the short-lived, Denver garage rock band, The Poor. Here, I hope to provide a comprehensive look at the band’s origins and brief existence on the L.A. music scene during the Summer Of Love.
Through interview excerpts, Randy describes his early life and career, up until the formation of the Eagles.
Forty-four years ago this week, the Eagles gave an interview for BBC Radio 1 in London shortly after their arrival to kick off their European tour. Each member is interviewed individually, including Randy who answers questions for a full six minutes.
The following article appeared in the June 7th, 1967 issue of Broadside, a Boston-based folk music magazine. The Poor are described as “five groovy young men,” whose “vocal blend is intricate, funky, and lots of fun.”