Songwriter/Composer/Producer Mentor Williams Dies At 70
November 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS extends condolences to family, friends, and colleagues of songwriter MENTOR WILLIAMS, who passed away YESTERDAY (11/16) in TAOS, NM. He was 70.
WILLIAMS was noted as the songwriter and composer of the 1973 classic "Drift Away," made popular by DOBIE GRAY. The song found new life in 2003 when UNCLE KRACKER recorded the track, which has been covered by artists including ROY ORBISON, ROD STEWART, WAYLON JENNINGS, GARTH BROOKS, and more. WILLIAMS' additional credits as a songwriter and producer include ALABAMA's "When We Make Love," EDDY RAVEN's "She's Gonna Win Your Heart," and the RANDY TRAVIS and GEORGE JONES duet "A Few Ole Country Boys."
WILLIAMS is the brother of ASCAP President PAUL WILLIAMS and was the longtime partner of Country great LYNN ANDERSON, with whom he resided in TAOS, NM until her death in 2015. Services are currently pending.