Willie's drummer, Paul English, dies at 87
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
– Paul English, long-time drummer for Willie Nelson, died today at 87.
A cause of death could not be ascertained for English, who was the subject of Nelson's song "Me and Paul." The song contains lyrics about Nelson and English being detained at an airport in Milwaukee, Wisc. and arrested in Laredo, Texas over drugs.
English first played with Nelson in 1955, but did not join his band, nicknamed the Family, until 1966. In between, English played with Delbert McClinton and others.
English joined Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young as the first members of Farm Aid's board of directors in 1985. English also was the longstanding treasurer of the group.
English was a member of Nelson's band until he died. He shared percussion duties with his younger brother, Billy English.
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