Paul English, Willie Nelson’s longtime drummer, has died

Paul English backing Willie Nelson

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A publicist for Willie Nelson says Nelson’s longtime drummer Paul English has died.

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He was 87.

Elaine Schock had no other details on English’s death.

English joined Nelson in 1966 and continued with him for most of his long career.

English earned a reputation for brandishing a firearm and engaging in off-stage scuffles that made him an outlaw sideman as tough as Nelson himself.

Nelson bragged on their escapades in a song called “Me and Paul” about their drinking and wild lifestyle on the road.

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