He co-founded, played bass for, and sang backing vocals for the classic rock band, The Eagles, the group known for songs like "Hotel California."
He worked as a backing vocalist and as a session musician.
He appeared in the film, The World's Greatest Albums: Eagles: Desperado.
He was raised with his older sister by his parents, sharecroppers Herman and Emilie Meisner. He was married to Jennifer Barton from 1963 to 1981 and Lana Meisner from 1996 to 2016.
He wrote the hit song "Take It to the Limit," which he performed with Glenn Frey.