Mentor Williams, American songwriter, Died at 75


Mentor Williams was born in 1946 and died on November 16, 2016.

He was an American songwriter and producer.

William was best known for writing “Drift Away”, a middle-of-the-road playlist classic performed by Dobie Gray in 1973.

Mentor’s the brother of songwriter Paul Williams.

Williams has received an award from ASCAP for his 30 years of songwriting, and has earned 17 writing awards.

Mentor Williams held numerous songwriting seminars and lectures at the college level, in an attempt to help up-and-coming writers learn the craft of putting words and music together.

Mentor Williams finds inspiration for his music in the New Mexico mountains, riding horses, and from his brothers, Paul, a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, and the late John Williams, a former NASA engineer who was awarded their highest honor, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, in 1969.

Mentor Williams passed away at 70 years old.