Joe English (Celebrated with the Class of 2012)
Back in the 70's, when British rock royalty Sir Paul McCartney needed a drummer to finish recording a Wings album, it was Joe English
who came to the rescue.
By the time his
tenure with the famed ex Beatle was through, Joe
had played on five gold and platinum Wings albums and toured the world.
According to Joe
first picked up a pair of drum sticks when he
was 13 years old.
Like so many other kids across America, he
had seen the four lads from Liverpool on TV, and was instantly bitten by the music bug.
"I want to be like that one day," he
said to himself.
parents bought him a drum set and it wasn't long before he
was performing in nightclubs and in concerts.
Then one day Joe
got a call from his friend Tony Dorcy.
was summoned to New Orleans on a Tuesday and by Wednesday he was recording with Paul McCartney and Wings.
Just like that, 26 year old Joe English
was in one of the most popular bands of all time, being idolized by millions of fans world wide and possessing all the fame and fortune he
could ask for.
was living a dream come true, but life in the fast lane left him feeling homesick.
chose to descend from the stratospheric heights of Wings to find some equilibrium at "Sea level," a Georgia based band made up of ex members of the Allman Brothers Band.
Next, he formed the Joe English Band and began making Christian rock albums for very eager fans.
is no longer involved in the music industry, but he
continues to sing in the World of Faith Fellowship choir in Spindalem, North Carolina.