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Mentor Williams

Mentor Williams

Mentor Williams


Mentor Ralph Williams (born circa 1946 - November 16, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known for composing Dobie Gray's 1973 hit "Drift Away", which has since been covered by scores of artists including Ringo Starr, Steppenwolf, and Uncle Kracker, the latter of whom achieved a #1 Billboard hit with his version. Furthermore, Williams has an extensive track record of session work for other artists, as well as a solo career. Mentor is also the brother of fellow songwriter Paul Williams. Read more on Last.fm
Mentor Ralph Williams (born circa 1946 - November 16, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known for composing Dobie Gray's 1973 hit "Drift Away", which has since been covered by scores of artists including Ringo Starr, Steppenwolf, and Uncle Kracker, the latter of whom achieved a #1 Billboard hit with his version. Furthermore, Williams has an extensive track record of session work for other artists, as well as a solo career. Mentor is also the brother of fellow songwriter Paul Williams. Both Mentor and Paul were members of '60s psychedelic outfit The Holy Mackerel, lead vocals being shared between the two brothers; Mentor also played rhythm guitar for the group. Mentor also appeared on Paul's 1972 album, Life Goes On, as co-composer of the song "Rose" and as a backing vocalist.

Mentor also handled remix and post-production duties on the soundtrack for The Muppet Movie, which was composer by Paul. Williams built a home overlooking Taos, New Mexico, which he shared with country music singer Lynn Anderson; the two were in a romantic relationship from the 1980s until her death in 2015. He 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. He 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. Williams died on November 16, 2016. Read more on Last.fm.

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