Paul English (drummer)

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Paul English
Born(1932-11-06)November 6, 1932
Vernon, Texas, U.S.
DiedFebruary 11, 2020(2020-02-11) (aged 87)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Associated actsWillie Nelson

Paul English (November 6, 1932 – February 11, 2020) was Willie Nelson's longtime drummer who started playing with him in Fort Worth in 1955,[1] although he did not become Nelson's regular drummer until 1966. In the years in between he played with Delbert McClinton among others. In the early days, one of his duties was to serve as a strong armed collection agent for overdue payments from club owners for the band. He was the husband of second wife, Janie English.[2][3]

English was the titular "Paul" of the Willie Nelson album Me and Paul as well as the title track of that album. [4] English had a role in Nelson's movie Red Headed Stranger (1986).

English joined Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young as the first members of Farm Aid’s board of directors in 1985, and he served as the organization's treasurer for many years.[5]

English died on February 11, 2020, after a bout of pneumonia, at the age of 87.[6]


  1. ^ "Paul English". Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Willis, Dru (2008-03-08). "Willie and his friend Paul on the road again". Abilene Reporter-News. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12.
  3. ^ Patoski, Joe Nick (2015-01-13). "Watching Willie's Back". The Oxford American. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  4. ^ Willie Nelson - Me and Paul AllMusic
  5. ^ "Farm Aid on the Loss of Beloved Board Member Paul English". Farm Aid. 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  6. ^ Blackstock, Peter (2020-02-12). "Paul English, longtime Willie Nelson drummer, dies". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2020-02-12.

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