By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Feb 13, 2020
Paul English, who played drums for more than half a century for Willie Nelson and also served as the country singer's unofficial bodyguard, died Wednesday of pneumonia, The Dallas Morning News reported. He was 87.
English, who joined Nelson’s band as a full-time member in 1966, inspired the ballad “Me & Paul,” the newspaper reported. He had played onstage with Nelson as early as 1955 at Fort Worth honky-tonks, the newspaper reported.
When asked once by a 20/20 reporter during Willie Nelson’s peak popularity if he carried a gun, and if so could he see it, Paul English answered, “Which one?” because he notoriously carried two at all times. And for years wore a cape to go along with his nickname, “The Devil.” pic.twitter.com/BPpqSM5Xkn