Paul English (November 6, 1932 – February 12, 2020) was Willie Nelson's longtime drummer who started playing with him in Fort Worth in 1955, 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.
English was the titular "Paul" of the Willie Nelson album Me and Paul as well as the title track of that album. English had a role in Nelson's movie Red Headed Stranger (1986).
English died on February 12, 2020 after a bout of pneumonia at the age of 87.
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