We lost the actor/singer on New Years Eve, 1985. After appearing with his family in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” in the 50’s and 60’s Nelson carved out a new career as a singer charting 30+ tunes in the Billboard Top 40 including the #1 hits “Poor Little Fool” from 1958 and “Travelin’ Man” from 1961. His last hit was “Garden Party” from 1972. Meisner Joined Nelson’s band in the late 60’s after being with Poco for one album. I asked Meisner in August 2000 when was the last time he’d talked to his old friend before his untimely death in a plane crash. Clip
Though band reunions are usually successful Meisner didn’t have great things to say about his reunion with Poco in 1989. Clip
Randy Meisner is probably one of the nicest people I’ve ever interview. We will have more clips from our lost interview with Meisner in the coming week. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.