Country songwriter Mentor Williams, best known for penning Dobie Gray's 1973 No. 5 smash "Drift Away," has died at age 70. Williams' death was reported by the Taos News, which said that a family member confirmed that the writer of songs by Alabama, Jackie DeShannon and The Ventures passed away from undisclosed causes at 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 16).
The brother of singer/songwriter/actor and ASCAP President Paul Williams was also known for co-writing such tunes as Randy Travis and George Jones' "A Few Ole Country Boys" in 1990, and Alabama's 1984 hit "When We Make Love." His best-known song by far, however, was Gray's "Drift Away," which has been covered by everyone from Waylon Jennings to Rod Stewart, Michael Bolton, Ray Charles and Roy Orbison -- as well as Uncle Kracker, who returned the song to the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2003 with his No. 9-peaking, Gray-assisted cover.
Paul Williams posted a series of tweets in honor of his sibling on Wednesday.