Rest in Peace, Oliver English

Paul English,Billy English, Willie Nelson and Oliver English

Our thoughts are prayers are with the English family and friends who are mourning the death of Oliver English today.  Larry H. Steel first posted about it here, and I appreciate his sharing the news.  I had been waiting for news of his condition.  This was posted at

Posted: 02 April 2007 at 3:30pm

Oliver English passed away this morning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the English family as they mourn their beloved brother.

Jan, from Texas reminded us that we have Oliver English to thank for bringing Willie and Paul English together:

In 1954, shortly after daughter Lana was born, the new family relocated to Fort Worth (Ira and his new wife lived there, as did sister Bobbie, widowed by Bud Fletcher and remarried). Nelson was a popular air personality on KCNC in Fort Worth. His sign–on: “This is your ol’ cotton pickin’, snuff dippin’, tobacco chewin’, stump jumpin’, coffee pot dodgin’, dumplin’eatin, frog giggin’, hillbilly from Hill County.” He played and sang live on the radio each day, and it was during this tenure that he first met drummer Paul English, who would join his band fulltime 10 years later and remains to this day.

“He was a Fort Worth pimp and part–time musician,” Nelson recalled, laughing. “Paul’s brother, Oliver English, was also a fine musician there in Fort Worth. Each day I’d do a live show, 30 minutes with just me and the guitar, and Oliver English. One day Paul came down, and the drummer that we had there didn’t show up.

“So we had Paul sit over there and we put a pair of brushes in his hand. That was the first time he ever played drums—he played trombone, or sax or something in the Salvation Army. But the first time he played drums was on the radio with me and Oliver.”

Funny How Time Slips Away
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