The band's first appearance was for a private party in
1961 - with the 15-year old Meisner playing bass guitar and handling
lead vocals. The band adopted the name - "The Dynamics" after
playing during a break during a Bobby Vee concert at Terry's Arena -
located between Gering & Scottsbluff, NE.
Their first paying job was at the dancehall at Little
near Henry, NE. in December 1961. They played there regularly
through 1962 to ever increasing crowds. Being the first rock band
to play in Western Nebraska, crowds soared at Little Moon Lake.
Paul Asmus joined the band when Rohnke left for the military
late 1962. By this time the band name had expanded to "The Drivin' Dynamics".
During this time, The Drivin' Dynamics released their first
record, a 4-tune EP with Meisner singing lead vocals on Sam Cooke's
"You Send Me". Pressed locally with only 500 copies released, an
original copy is difficult to locate today.
When John Ankony leaves for the Navy in early 1963 - the
hires Larry Soto's younger brother, Bobby Soto to play drums. With
Meisner handling most of the lead vocals, the band's popularity
expands throughout a 4-state area with regular advertising spots
on Oklahoma City's famed KOMA Radio. The band following
expanded and attendance at "Dynamics" dances increased
By early 1964, with Randy & Larry Soto still in high
the band took on "an English look" because of the popularity of
"The British Invasion" topping US record charts at that time.
"Show Bands", like Kansas' popular "Fabulous Flippers" then
became extremely popular in the Midwest - and The Dynamics
expanded the band size to 6-piece, adding Dave Margheim & Steve
Cassells. They began to introduce "Rhythm & Blues" covers to
their song list, in addition to other Top-40 tunes of the day.
In 1965, The Drivin' Dynamics released a 45 on Sully Records
Amarillo, TX, with Randy singing lead on "So Fine". The single sold well
regionally and in the southeast US but did not chart nationally.
The band was now drawing crowds of over 2500 occasionally
entered at "Battle of The Bands" contest in Denver. The contest
was won, however, by The Soul Survivors (not the same band as
"Expressway to Your Heart" fame). The Soul Survivors lured Meisner
away from The Dynamics and took off for California
to seek a record deal. During that time, they changed their name
to The Poor. The Poor released several excellent 45's on Loma, York
& Decca Records in 1966 & 1967, however with limited success.
Many California bands were moving toward a Country-Rock
in the late 1960's. Randy took up studio work and eventually
became a founding member of Poco. The band also featured former
Buffalo Springfield members, Richie Furay & Jim Messina along with
Denver, CO friends of Randys' - Rusty Young & George Grantham
(formerly of The Boenzee Cryque). However, due to
differences between Randy & the band over studio techniques
and album sound, he left Poco just prior to the release of their first
album "Pickin' Up The Pieces", although his bass and vocals are
heard on the album.
Shortly thereafter (1970), Randy joined Rick Nelson's
Band, again on bass & backup vocals. They released the critically
acclaimed "Rick Nelson - In Concert" - an excellent live album with
Nelson moving toward a country-rock sound.
Randy also performed on Nelson's "Rudy The Fifth"
During this time, Randy was also doing considerable studio work,
including performing as Linda Ronstadt's studio and road band for 2 years.
Joining Randy in this group were Don Henley, Glen Frey & Bernie
Leadon. The foursome left to sign with Asylum Records and released their
first album as "The Eagles" in June 1972.
After 1 ½ years - "The Eagles" album went gold
after charting 3
singles in the Top-40 ("Take It Easy" - "Witchy Woman" & "Peaceful
Easy Feeling"). Their strong mix of rock, country & folk featuring
excellent vocals - paved the way for major success to come.
With Randy's high tenor vocals rounding out The Eagles
harmonies, they released their 2nd album ("Desperado") in 1973.
Their 3rd album ("On The Border") went gold in 3 months. During
this time, The Eagles added a 5th member - Don Felder on guitar.
"On The Border" featured their #1 hit "Best of My Love".
The Eagles 4th album, "One Of These Nights" was the first
4 straight albums to top the charts. This album featured Top-10 hits
"Lyin Eyes" and Randy Meisner's signature song "Take It To The
Limits". Co-written by and featuring the soaring lead vocals of Randy
Meisner - "Take It To The Limits" has become a rock standard.
The Eagles first "Greatest Hits - 1971-75" was released
in 1976 and
has now topped 26 Million in sales and has been proclaimed to the
"The Best Selling US Album of the 20th Century".
During this time, Bernie Leadon leaves the band and is
by former James Gang member, Joe Walsh. By the end of 1976
The Eagles release the classic "Hotel California" LP. In addition to
the title cut, the album also features the hits "New Kid in Town"
& "Life In The Fast Lane".
Randy makes a decision to leave The Eagles in 1977 to
take some time
off the road and consider a solo career. After returning to Scottsbluff,
NE for a short while, Randy returns to California. In 1978 he released
an LP titled "Randy Meisner" on Electra Records. Singing on the
album and joining Randy's band is former Dynamic Donnie Ullstrom
from Scottsbluff, NE. A second LP "One More Song" is released in
1980 and singles "Hearts On Fire" & "Deep Inside My Heart"
gain considerable airplay.
Randy also released 5 45-RPM singles from 1978 through
Asylum and Epic Records, including "Hearts On Fire" & "Deep
Inside My Heart". "Hearts On Fire" was reissued on a Rhino Records
compilation in 1995 and again on a Sony Special Projects compilation
in 1996. "Bad Man" was featured on the sound track of the
movie "FM" & "Deep Inside My Heart" was reissued in 1993
on Priority Records compilation.
Since 1972 - the bass playing and excellent vocals of
can be heard on 10 Eagles albums. In addition to the recordings
mentioned above, Randy has performed on recordings by James
Taylor, Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Danny O'Keefe, Mac Gayden,
Bob Welch, Peter Lewis, Richie Furay, Richard Marx & Electric
Range. Randy joined a reformed "Poco" in 1989 to record their
"Legacy" album. In 1992 he was a member of "Black Tie" along
with Billy Swan that had a country hit with a cover of Buddy
Holly's "Learning The Game".
During Randy's tenure with The Eagles - the band and/or
Eagles support staff
was nominated for 8 Grammy's. They won 4 Grammy's. By the end of 1999 -
RIAA had proclaimed "The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-75" The Biggest
Selling US Album of The 20th Century with sales at that time of over 26
Million. The Eagles' 1976 release "Hotel California" has sold over 15
million copies. This makes The Eagles (with Randy Meisner on bass and
vocals) the only band in the world to have 2 albums with sales in excess of
"The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-75" has sold over
copies "World Wide" second only to Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
The Eagles' US Career sales of over 65 Million copies sold is 5th best
in history - behind only The Beatles, Garth Brooks, Led Zeppelin
& Elvis Presley.
In 1999, Randy joined Eagles Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie
Leadon, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt and Don Felder on the stage
at The National Rock & Roll Hall Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
This historic gathering was the first time all Eagles members
performed together. Randy, as a member of The Eagles was then
inducted into The Hall of Fame. This makes Randy Meisner,
not only the best selling recording artist in Nebraska history, but
also the only Nebraska based recording artist to be inducted in The
National Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Randy is currently performing with "The World Classic
show with other major rock performers. He will be inducted into
The Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in Mitchell, NE on August 19, 2000.
His original Nebraska band - The Drivin' Dynamics", still performing
to enthusiastic crowds some 39 years after inception, will also be inducted
into The Nebraska Music Hall of Fame on August 19, 2000 at a dance
to be held at The Scotts Bluff County Fair, following Randy's
The fans in Nebraska welcome Randy Meisner to the Nebraska
Music Hall of Fame.