John Henry Kurtz was the first to record "Drift Away" on his album "Reunion" in 1972.
Paul William's brother producer, engineer, songwriter Mentor Williams once worked on the "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" soundtrack. It was Mentor who composed "Drift Away".

Dobie Gray (Lawrence Brown) hit with "The In Crowd" in the sixties and this top five in 1973 with his cover.