Willie Nelson writes a book about his friend and drummer Paul English – The Vinyl Factory

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August 18, 2022



“I was the leader of the group, but he was the leader of my life.”

Willie Nelson is writing a book about his longtime friend and drummer Paul English, titled Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabulous Friendshipwhich will be published in September by Harper Horizon.

Until his death, English had been a key figure in Nelson’s life for 70 years, acting as his drummer, bodyguard, accountant and right-hand man.

“Together the two men traveled the country, putting on shows, indulging in a few scrapes, raising money for worthy causes,” reads an editor’s note.

English died in 2020, aged 87. The book is intended to pay homage to him.

“I was the leader of the band, but he was the leader of my life,” Nelson says.

“He was the daddy bear, the big brother, the wise uncle, the money man, the bag man, the negotiator, the sharpest shooter and the kindest heart.”

Pre-order a copy of Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabulous Friendship of Harper’s website before its publication on September 20.

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