Writers: Randy Meisner, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey
Producer: Bill Szymczyk
Recorded: Late 1974/early 1975 at Criteria Studios in Miami and the Record Plant in Los Angeles
Released: June 28th, 1975 (album); January 17th, 1976 (single)
|Players:||Randy Meisner — vocals, bass
Glenn Frey — guitar, vocals
Bernie Leadon — guitar, vocals
Don Felder — guitar, vocals Don Henley — drums, vocal
Jim Ed Norman — piano
|Album:||One of These Nights (MCA, 1974)|
“Take It To The Limit” was a rare Eagles track sung and primarily written by a band member other than singer-drummer Don Henley or singer-guitaristGlenn Frey.
Arguably founding bassist Randy Meisner‘s greatest moment in the band, “Take It To The Limit” peaked at Number Four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song was the fourth consecutive Top Five single for the Eagles.
The recording of the One Of These Nights stretched over a then-unheard-of three months and costing several hundred thousand dollars.
One Of These Nights was the Eagles’ first Number One album on the Billboard 200.
It was also their final album with founding guitarist Bernie Leadon, who had been at odds with the rest of the group over creative and lifestyle issues. The final straw came when Henley and Frey wouldn’t allow his girlfriend, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan‘s daughter Patti Davis, in the studio or grant her cowriting credit on the song “I Wish You Peace.”