Drift Away

"Drift Away" is a song by Mentor Williams written in 1970 and originally recorded by John Henry Kurtz on his 1972 album Reunion. Mentor Williams was a country songwriter, and John Henry Kurtz was an actor and swamp rock singer. It was later given to soul-singer Dobie Gray, to which it became a surprise International hit; and the best known version. In 1973 the song became Dobie Gray's biggest hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified gold by the RIAA.[2] It was the final pop hit for Decca Records in the United States.

A new version by Uncle Kracker, with Gray, became a major hit in 2003.

"Drift Away"
Dobie Gray - DA
Single by Dobie Gray
from the album Drift Away
B-side"City Stars"
ReleasedFebruary 1973
Format7" (45 rpm)
GenreSoft rock[1]
Songwriter(s)Mentor Williams
Producer(s)Mentor Williams
Dobie Gray singles chronology
"Rose Garden"
"Drift Away"
"Loving Arms"

Chart performance (Dobie Gray)

Weekly charts

Chart (1973) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 7
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 5
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[4] 12
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles 42
US Cash Box Top 100 8

Year-end charts

Chart (1973) Rank
Canada[5] 83
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 17
US Cash Box[7] 18


"Drift Away" has been covered by many bands and vocalists around the world. Versions include those of Allan Clarke, Roy Orbison, Ike & Tina Turner, Humble Pie, Mud, Rod Stewart, Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles, The Doobie Brothers, the Neville Brothers, Jon Bon Jovi[8], Michael Bolton, Copperhead, Christian Kane, the Rolling Stones, the Nylons, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, BoDeans, Judson Spence, Billy Joe Royal, Steve Young and John Kay.[9] Folk singer Tom Rush recorded the song on his album What I Know, released in 2009. There is an unreleased 1974 recording of this song by the Rolling Stones. This version features all of the members of the then-current lineup of the Stones. The Heptones recorded a reggae version which is included on many compilation CDs. Street Corner Symphony also sang a version of this song as their swan song on the season 2 finale of the NBC series The Sing-Off; that version is arranged by Deke Sharon.[10] Bon Jovi usually played the song live in 1987: a version was recorded as part of a Westwood One radio live series concert. Dolly Parton and Anne Murray performed the song together in 1976 on Parton's variety show Dolly!, though they sang the lyrics of the Felts version ("I want to get lost in your country song").

Garth Brooks for the 2013 Blue-Eyed Soul album in the Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences compilation.

Andy Bernard sings this song on the third-season episode of The Office entitled Product Recall.

Temuera Morrison recorded and included Drift Away in his 2014 debut album "Tem".[11]

Country music star, Lynn Anderson (who was the partner of Mentor Williams who wrote the song), recorded a gospel version that was rewritten by Williams for her 2015 gospel album, Drift Away, which would become her final album.

Narvel Felts version

"Drift Away"
Single by Narvel Felts
from the album Drift Away
B-side"Foggy Misty Morning"
Format7" single
Songwriter(s)Mentor Williams
Producer(s)Farah Productions[12]
Narvel Felts singles chronology
"Rockin' Little Angel"
"Drift Away"
"All in the Name of Love"

A country version was recorded by Narvel Felts in 1973. Felts' version — which changed the lyrics "I wanna get lost in your rock and roll" to "I wanna get lost in your country song" — peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard' Hot Country Singles chart in mid-August 1973, about three months after Gray's version reached its popularity peak.[13] This song marked Narvel's first success in the country scene, as he was known from the late 1950s as a rockabilly singer.

Chart performance (Narvel Felts)

Chart (1973) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 48
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 8

Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray version

"Drift Away"
Kracker - Drift Away cd single
Single by Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray
from the album No Stranger to Shame
ReleasedMarch 17, 2003
FormatCD single
GenreCountry rock
Songwriter(s)Mentor Williams
Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray singles chronology
"In a Little While"
"Drift Away"
"Memphis Soul Song"

A cover version was released by Uncle Kracker in 2003 from his album No Stranger To Shame. This version, which featured Dobie Gray singing the bridge and joining Uncle Kracker on the final verse, reached number nine on the Hot 100. It spent a record-setting 28 weeks atop the adult contemporary chart in the U.S. It also peaked at number 25 on the New Zealand Singles chart.

Music video

The music video was directed by Bronston Jones.


Chart (2003–2004) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 25
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 9
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[16] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 10


  1. ^ "200 Greatest Soft Rock Songs". entertainment.expertscolumn.com.
  2. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - November 21, 2010: Dobie Gray certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Dobie Gray Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 101.
  5. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (December 26, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  7. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/70s_files/1973YESP.html Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1973
  8. ^ http://www.ouvirmusica.com.br/jon-bon-jovi/1530488/
  9. ^ "Original versions of Drift Away written by Mentor Williams". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  10. ^ Sharon, Deke; Dietz, Robert (2005). "Drift Away". Modern A Cappella Volume 1 SATB (div). Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 1-423-40048-8.
  11. ^ "Temuera Morrison releases debut album". Stuff.co.nz. 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  12. ^ "Narvel Felts - Drift Away / Foggy Misty Morning - ABC - UK - ABC 4119". 45cat. 1976-05-14. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 143. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – Uncle Kracker feat. Dobie Gray – Drift Away". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "Uncle Kracker Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "Uncle Kracker Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "Uncle Kracker Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  18. ^ "Uncle Kracker Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2017.

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Aïn Lechiakh District

Ain Lechiakh is a town located in the province (Wilaya) of Ain Defla, Algeria in North Africa. It is approximately 75 miles (121 km) southwest of Algiers. This town was founded in 1902 and was named Voltaire until 1962 the year of independence. From the geographic perspective, Ain Lechiakh is bounded by Oued Chorfa to the east, Djendel up north and Oued el Djemaa to the west, and on the southern side we find a stretch of mountains reaching Kasr El Boukhari. The town is about 40 km from the Mediterranean Sea as the crow flies. Its population was about 14,000 people at the latest census. Many of its inhabitants rely on agriculture and/or small businesses as sources of living; however; the newer generation seems to drift away from such a practice and lean towards professional careers. Its overall weather is a typical North African climate proven to be very convenient for people with asthma.

Bennett House (Franklin, Tennessee)

The Bennett House is a recording studio located on 4th Avenue North in Franklin, Tennessee.

Built in 1875, the two-story building has served as a residence, a clothing store and, starting in 1980, a recording studio used by many popular music artists when recording in Tennessee. Artists that have frequently recorded at the studio include 1970's rock and roll producer Norbert Putnam (Kris Kristofferson, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffett, Dusty Springfield), country music producer Bob Montgomery (Joe Diffie, Waylon Jennings), producer Keith Thomas (Amy Grant, Vanessa Williams, Selena, 98 Degrees). Thomas would even have one of the two studios in the building named after him when "Studio A" became known as "The Thomas Room." Other artists to use the studio include Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill and Chagall Guevara. In the early 1990s, Montgomery produced acts such as Joe Diffie, Doug Stone, Jo-El Sonnier, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and many, many others.

Gene Eichelberger, Audio Engineer probably most known for recording Dobie Gray's "Drift Away", engineered many of these sessions on a Studer A800 24 track analog machine with Bob Montgomery.

The Bennett House Recording Studios ceased all tracking and mixing operations on July 1, 2008.


The Daguanyuan (simplified Chinese: 大观园; traditional Chinese: 大觀園; pinyin: Dàguānyuán), variously translated as Grand View Garden or Prospect Garden, is a large landscaped interior garden in the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber, built within the compounds of the Rongguo Mansion. It is the setting for much of the story.Built in chapters 16 and 17 of the novel, it was the site of Jia Yuanchun's first visit home as an Imperial Concubine. At that time, music and lights decorated the place so it was fit for Imperial patronage. After Yuanchun leaves, the Garden is made at her own request the home of her brother, half-sister, sister-in-law, and cousins. Being very elegant and peaceful, it is a perfect home for Baoyu and the girls. Granny Liu also pays a visit to Prospect Garden in chapters 40 and 41. She is very impressed at the vegetation, water, layout, and life in the Garden. As a gift, the Dowager commissions Xichun to make a painting of the Garden for Granny Liu to take back home. It is here that the nun Miaoyu is met by many.

Eventually, the young girls drift away from the Garden. Yingchun is married off to her death. Tanchun is also married, but to the frontier (in the Cheng-Gao version). Shi Xiangyun also marries, while Baochai marries Baoyu and is abandoned. Lin Daiyu dies of grief and Li Wan moves into the inner apartments of the Rongguo Mansion.

When the Jia family estates are confiscated, the Garden is ransacked. Being farther from the inner apartments, it is also destroyed by the Imperial Guards.

Dobie Gray

Dobie Gray (born Lawrence Darrow Brown; July 26, 1940 – December 6, 2011) was an American singer and songwriter, whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His hit songs included "The 'In' Crowd" in 1965 and "Drift Away", which was one of the biggest hits of 1973, sold over one million copies, and remains a staple of radio airplay.

Galaxy 15

Galaxy 15 is an American telecommunications satellite which is owned by Intelsat. It was launched for and originally operated by PanAmSat, and was subsequently transferred to Intelsat when the two companies merged in 2006. It was originally positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 133° West, from where it was used to provide communication services to North America. In April 2010, Intelsat lost control of the satellite, and it began to drift away from its orbital slot, with the potential to cause disruption to other satellites in its path.

On 27 December 2010, Intelsat reported that the satellite had rebooted as per design and the command unit was responding to commands again. In addition, the satellite had been secured in safe mode and the potential for interference issues from Galaxy 15 had ceased. Intelsat repositioned Galaxy 15 back to its original location on April 4, 2011.

Harrow, Victoria

Harrow is a town in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, Australia. The town is located in the Shire of West Wimmera local government area, 391 kilometres north west of the state capital Melbourne, overlooking the Glenelg River valley. At the 2016 census, Harrow and the surrounding area had a population of 200.The first European explorer of the area was Thomas Mitchell and a monument marks the spot where he crossed the Glenelg River. A town originally known as Upper Glenelg was established in the 1840s and is claimed to be the oldest inland town in Victoria. The Post Office opened on 1 March 1849 as Upper Glenelg (Harrow from 1854).

At its peak, the town included a range of shops and services including two hotels.

Harrow is the burial place of Unaarrimin - Johnny Mullagh, member of the Australian Aboriginal cricket team, the first Australian cricket team to tour England. He also represented the Victorian cricket team in first-class cricket. To tell the story of Unaarrimin, and the times in which he lived, Harrow has built The Johnny Mullagh / Harrow Discovery Centre. To enhance the cricket connection, the Centre now houses Australia's largest Sir Donald Bradman exhibition.

The Marsh clan is one of the oldest existing families from this region. Les and James Marsh were the first settlers in the 1830s and their homestead is still viewable to this day.In recent years, there has been a drift away from Harrow to larger towns in the region. In an effort to counteract this, Harrow has pioneered several popular events such as the regular "Beaut Blokes" events. The event was established to offset a perceived gender imbalance by introducing women from cities such as Melbourne and Geelong to single men from the district. The concept has now been picked up by other rural communities throughout Australia. A sound and light show is held regularly, retelling the history of Harrow in a humorous and interactive manner.The town in conjunction with neighbouring township Balmoral has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Horsham & District Football League.

Golfers play at the course of the Harrow Golf Club on Nhill-Harrow Road.

James Kannis

James John Kannis (born 5 November 1985) is a Greek-Australian singer who participated in the reality television talent show, Australian Idol. Kannis was placed in seventh position, eliminated on 17 October 2005.

Kannis had auditioned for Australian Idol in Sydney by singing a song, "A Dollar Away", which he composed with his step father, producer Sammy K. The three judges responded with positive comments, Marcia Hines stated that she thought Kannis has "got a really good future in this industry".

During his Top 30 performance, he performed, "Change the World", originally by Babyface, and although the judges provided positive feedback, he did not reach the Top 12. He returned to perform in the "Wildcard" round singing, "Drift Away", and became the "Judges Choice" and the first "Wildcard" to be put through to the Final 12.

James Kannis later signed with Zeus Records/Shock. His debut album, Angels on a Hot Tin Roof, which takes inspiration from many genres of music including hip-hop, orchestral and dance, was produced in Australia by Sammy K and mastered in New York by Tom Coyne (Destiny's Child, Pink) is due for release in early 2007.His debut single, "Love 2 Love", which was released on 11 November 2006 peaked at #22 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart. It reached No. 35 on the ARIA Singles Chart, making him the only independent Australian artist in the ARIA Top 40 on 4 December. On 2 April 2007, "Love 2 Love", re-entered the ARIA Chart at No. 35. It peaked on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart at #17 after Kannis' appearance at a Greek Music Festival in Australia during March. This was three-and-a-half months after it left the Australian Chart in the first place. "Love 2 Love" also topped the Australian Indie charts. Kannis' second single is also due out just prior to the release of the album Angels on a Hot Tin Roof.

James Kannis' Australian Idol performances were:

Sydney Auditions: A Dollar Away by James Kannis

Theatre Round Day One: Don't Let Go (Love) by En Vogue

Theatre Round Day Two: Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees (with Rocky Loprevite & Cameron Avery)

Theatre Round Day Three: Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn

Semi Final (Group 3): Change the World by Babyface & Eric Clapton

Wildcards: Drift Away by Michael Bolton

Top 13: Australian Hits – The Day You Went Away by Wendy Matthews

Top 11: 1960s Theme – Hold On, I'm Coming! by Sam & Dave

Top 10: Rock Supergroups – Layla by Eric Clapton

Top 9: Idols' Choice – Love the One You're With by Luther Vandross

Top 8: Big Band Night – Sway by Michael Bublé

Top 7: 1980s Theme – Truly by Lionel RichieKannis was the lead vocalist of Sydney-based band, the Julius Set.

Judson Spence

Judson Spence (born 29 April 1965, Pascagoula, Mississippi) is an American pop music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, Tennessee. He originally gained fame when he released his eponymously titled debut solo effort on Atlantic Records in 1988. The album was produced by Monroe Jones and David Tickle, and executive produced by future Interscope founder Jimmy Iovine.

Although he had a top 40 hit with "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" in 1988 and also had a minor hit with "Drift Away" from The Wonder Years soundtrack, Spence was dropped from Atlantic before completing his second album in 1991.

After several years of struggle, Spence's composition "The Power" was covered by both Amy Grant and Cher and was also used for a national Century 21 advertising campaign. Subsequently, he recorded the indie release "painfaithjoy" in 1995.

He performed with Trisha Yearwood on the Oscar nominated song "How Do I Live Without You" in 1997 and sang live with her on the American Music Awards, The Tonight Show, The Oscars, and the CMA Awards.

In 1999, he released his third solo album in Japan entitled I Guess I Love It before his record label, Pioneer Music Group closed its doors. That album was produced by former Eagle Bernie Leadon. In 2000, he toured with Trisha Yearwood. The following year, Wynonna Judd cut Judson's song, "New Day Dawning" and it became the title track to her album.

In 2003, Spence released two albums: The Velvet Kitten Sessions which was a mainstream collection, and Opus Dei which was a religious themed effort.

In 2014, Spence filmed a movie about his life, Sing the Blues, that also featured his music.

List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 2003 (U.S.)

These are the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks number-one hits of 2003.

List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 2004 (U.S.)

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List of unreleased songs recorded by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd have been known to perform and/or record a number of songs and instrumentals which have never been officially released on a single or album. Only those whose existence can be reliably confirmed are listed here. Bootleg recordings of the majority of below listed songs exist.

Several previously unreleased songs appeared on The Early Years 1965–1972 box set in November 2016, which marked their first official release.

Mentor Williams

Mentor Ralph Williams (June 11, 1946 – November 16, 2016) was an American songwriter and producer. He is best known for writing "Drift Away", a middle-of-the-road playlist classic performed by Dobie Gray in 1973.

Narvel Felts

Narvel Felts (born November 11, 1938 in Keiser, Arkansas) is an American country music, rockabilly singer. Known for his soaring tenor and high falsetto, Felts enjoyed his greatest success during the 1970s, most famously 1975's "Reconsider Me".

No Stranger to Shame

No Stranger to Shame is the second studio album by Uncle Kracker. It is the follow-up album to his double-platinum debut Double Wide. It is currently Uncle Kracker's only album to have two charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 ("In a Little While" and "Drift Away"). It is his last album to receive a parental advisory label and his last to feature rap rock songs.

Province of Bumbunga

The Province of Bumbunga (33.915°S 138.229°E / -33.915; 138.229 (Bumbunga Province)) was an Australian secessionist micronation located on a farm at Bumbunga near Snowtown and Lochiel, South Australia, from 1976 until approximately 2000. Its founder and only ruler was a British monkey trainer, uranium prospector, and postmaster named Alex Brackstone.

In November 1975 the Australian Labor Party government of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was dismissed under controversial circumstances by Governor-General John Kerr, the official governmental representative of Queen Elizabeth II. Brackstone, an ardent British monarchist, became alarmed by what he saw as a drift away from the Australian system of constitutional monarchy toward outright republicanism. To ensure that at least a portion of the Australian continent would always remain loyal to the British Crown, he declared his four-hectare property northeast of Adelaide to be the independent Province of Bumbunga on 29 March 1976, and appointed himself its "governor-general".

Brackstone then set about attracting tourism by planting thousands of strawberry plants in the pattern of a huge scale model of Great Britain. He intended to conduct weddings on his property, during which soil from the appropriate British county would be sprinkled on the ground. Implementation was delayed when Australian customs authorities seized the soil Brackstone had imported from the UK, and the entire enterprise was scuttled when the strawberry fields perished during a drought.In 1980 Bumbunga began issuing cinderella stamps portraying members of the British royal family (except Sarah Ferguson, whom Brackstone disliked). Later issues addressed anti-nuclear sentiments and other social causes while retaining the royal theme. Though worthless as postage, they became popular with philatelists and oddity collectors. Fifteen series of 5000 copies each were eventually produced.In 1987 changes to Australian investment laws that reduced the attraction of philatelic investments led Brackstone to abandon his commercial operations, and Bumbunga slid into relative oblivion. In 1999 Brackstone was arrested and charged with possession of illegal firearms. His assertion of diplomatic immunity due to his status as Bumbunga's sovereign was unsuccessful, and he was eventually deported and repatriated to the UK.

Quad Studios Nashville

Quad Studios Nashville is a four-studio recording facility located on Music Row in Nashville, TN. The studio was originally opened in 1971 as Quadrafonic Sound Studio by session musicians David Briggs and Norbert Putnam. The studio immediately became the home of many major recording sessions including Neil Young's Harvest album which included the single "Heart of Gold," Jimmy Buffett's biggest hit "Margaritaville" from his best selling album Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes, much of Joan Baez' early 1970s work, including her hit recording of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and Dobie Gray's R&B classic "Drift Away." Other artists to record at the studio in the early years include Dan Fogelberg, Grand Funk Railroad, The Jackson Five, The Pointer Sisters, Joe Walsh and The James Gang, and many others.

Quad remains a historic yet viable studio today. More recent high-profile artists recording sessions at the studio include Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, The Fray, Jewel, Phil Vassar, George Strait, Toby Keith, T-Bone Burnett, Colombian Party Cartel, The Dead Daisies and others. "Studio A" features an 80-input SSL 9000J console, the "Neve Room," which was Quadrafonic's original studio, has a vintage Neve 8068 console with Flying Faders automation, and two smaller studio suites each feature Pro Tools HD systems.

In 2014, Quad was purchased by hit songwriter Marti Frederiksen and CEO of Round Hill Music Joshua Carl Gruss. It is currently being renovated and restored.

Uncle Kracker

Matthew Shafer (born June 6, 1974), also known by his stage name Uncle Kracker, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and musician known for his country and rock music. He was a turntablist for Kid Rock's backing group Twisted Brown Trucker and since 1999 has recorded as a solo artist. His singles "Follow Me" and "Drift Away" were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Vertical Man

Vertical Man is the 11th studio album by Ringo Starr, issued in 1998. The album served as Starr's attempt at a commercial comeback following the enormous success of The Beatles Anthology project. Starr enlisted the help of many of his musician friends in making Vertical Man, including Scott Weiland, Brian Wilson, Alanis Morissette, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Steven Tyler, and former Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick mixed the tracks, and Starr and Mark Hudson served as producers.

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