Autograph Bassist Randy Rand Has Passed Away

Autograph Bassist Randy Rand Has Passed Away

Randy Rand, founding bassist for the ‘80s hair metal group Autograph, has died.

The rocker’s passing was confirmed in a post to Autograph’s social media pages.

“It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts to announce the unexpected passing of our cherished friend and founding member of Autograph, Randy Rand,” the band’s message read. “Although beyond devastated, we find some comfort and solace knowing the last couple of years have been some of his happiest as an artist and as a performer. Randy was the consummate optimist and was so excited to see the new direction, creativity and renewed energy with the band. You could feel his excitement- as it was quite palpable with his playing abilities, performances and the way he interacted with his beloved fans.”

Autograph formed in 1983 and rose out of the famed Sunset Strip music scene. Rand — who joined the group after playing in the band Wolfgang and working as a session musician for several years — was Autograph’s founding bassist alongside singer Steve Plunkett, guitarist Steve Lynch, drummer Keni Richards, and keyboardist Steven Isham.

Autograph Bassist Randy Rand Has Passed Away

In 1984, the group released their debut album, Sign In Please. The LP featured Autograph’s breakout hit “Turn Up the Radio,” which reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, while its accompanying video received heavy rotation on MTV.

Sign In Please would eventually go gold, but follow-up single “Send Her to Me” failed to replicate the success of “Turn Up the Radio.” Autograph released another two records — 1985’s That’s the Stuff and 1987’s Loud and Clear — before breaking up in 1989.

With rock stardom seemingly in the rearview mirror, Rand pursued a career in leather making. For more than 20 years, the bassist ran a business specializing in hand-crafted leather goods. However, in 2013 Rand got the music bug once again. After reteaming with Lynch for an appearance at the annual NAMM show, the musicians decided to revive Autograph. The group released two new albums — Louder (2016) and Get Off Your Ass (2017). Lynch left the band in 2019, but Autograph continued with Rand performing alongside a new lineup. The group was reportedly working on new material prior to the bassist’s death.

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