1983 David Williams – Take The Ball And Run

Take The Ball And Run is an album by David Williams, released in 1983

David Williams (November 21, 1950 – March 6, 2009) was an American rhythm guitarist who performed and recorded with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Herbie Hancock and the Temptations, among others. Though he played on a number of tours with Michael Jackson, Madonna and others, David Williams remained a behind-the-scenes union session player.



1  When Your Dreams Come True (David Williams, Suzanne Valentine, Nathan East) 3:41
2  Take The Ball And Run (David Williams) 3:50
3  Let It Be You (David Williams) 5:24
4  Teasin’ (David Williams) 4:18
5  Look Away (David Williams, David Paich) 3:55
6  I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye (David Williams) 3:42
7  Here To Stay (David Williams) 3:12
8  She’s That Lady (David Williams, Don Ferguson) 3:43



1 When Your Dreams Come True

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid Williams
PianoBill Meyers
SynthesizerBill Meyers
SynthesizerDean Grant

2 Take The Ball And Run

BassFred Washington
DrumsRick Marotta
DrumsKeith Edwards
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionLenny Castro

3 Let It Be You

GuitarDavid Williams
BassMike Porcaro
SaxDon Myrick
PianoJai Winding

4 Teasin’

BassGeorge Johnson
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsSteve Porcaro
SaxGeorge Howard

5 Look Away

GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsPeter Reilich
PercussionJoe Lala

6 I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye

DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid Williams
MoogDean Gant
KeyboardsBill Meyers

7 Here To Stay

BassFred Washington
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard

8 She’s That Lady

BassFred Washington
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard

Other Musicians

Background VocalsDeBorah Dennard
Background VocalsGeorge Johnson
Background VocalsGloria Kaye
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsTito Jackson
Background VocalsYolanda Smith
VocalsDavid Williams

Liner Notes

Producer – David Williams
Arranged By – Bill Meyers (Tracks 1, 3, 7)
Arranged By – Peter Reilich (Track 4)
Arranged By – David Williams, Jai Winding (Track 5)
Engineer – Wally Grant
Engineer (Assistant to Bill Schnee) – Don Garcia, Susan Herron
Engineer (Assistant) – Michael C Ross
Engineer (Mixing) – Bill Schnee (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Tom Knox (Tracks 6, 7, 8)
Engineer (Vocal) – Tom Knox
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Mike Reese (Track 2)
Mixed By – David Williams, Tom Knox

Art Direction, Design – Georgopoulos/Imada Design, Inc.
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Recorded At – Weddington Studios
Mixed At – Weddington Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab