1978 Bob James – Touchdown

Touchdown is the sixth album by Bob James, released in 1978 on his Tappan Zee label thru Columbia.

The album’s title is a reference to this being James’ sixth solo album (a touchdown being worth six points in American football), a pattern also followed by his previous album Heads (featuring a five cent coin on its cover) and next album Lucky Seve. Touchdown was a commercial breakout album for him due to its containing the song “Angela”, the popular theme song to the 1970s television sitcom Taxi. The song was named after a guest character in the third episode of the first season (“Blind Date”), but after hearing the song, the producers made this the show’s main theme, replacing their previous choice, which became this album’s title track.


1  Angela Theme (Theme From ‘Taxi’) (Bob James) 05:44
2  Touchdown (Bob James) 05:42
3  I Want To Thank You (Very Much) (Bob James) 07:10
4  Sun Runner (Bob James) 06:19
5  Caribbean Nights (Bob James) 09:20


Electric PianoBob James
PianoBob James
SynthesizerBob James
ClarinetHoward Johnson
ClarinetHarvey Estrin
FluteGeorge Marge
FluteHarvey Estrin
FluteJerry Dodgion
FlutePhil Bodner
HornGeorge Marge
OboeGeorge Marge
OboePhil Bodner
RecorderGeorge Marge
SaxJerry Dodgion
SaxPhil Bodner
SaxHoward Johnson
SaxGeorge Marge
SaxHarvey Estrin
TromboneAlan Raph
TromboneDave Bargeron
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetMike Lawrence
TrumpetRandy Brecker
TrumpetRon Tooley

Other Musicians

1 Angela Theme (Theme From ‘Taxi’)

BassGary King
DrumsIdris Muhammad
Guitar (solo)Eric Gale
PercussionRalph MacDonald

2 Touchdown

BassGary King
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarEric Gale
GuitarHiram Bullock
SaxDavid Sanborn
PercussionRalph MacDonald

3 I Want To Thank You (Very Much)

BassRon Carter
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarHiram Bullock
Acoustic GuitarEarl Klugh
Acoustic GuitarRichard Resnicoff
FluteHubert Laws

4 Sun Runner

BassRon Carter
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarHiram Bullock
Acoustic GuitarEarl Klugh
FluteHubert Laws
PercussionRalph MacDonald

5 Caribbean Nights

BassRon Carter
DrumsSteve Gadd
Guitar (solo)Hiram Bullock
GuitarEric Gale
Acoustic GuitarEarl Klugh
FluteHubert Laws
PercussionMongo Santamaria
VocalsHiram Bullock

Cello – Charles McCracken, Jonathan Abramowitz, Richard Locker, Seymour Barab
Viola – Emanuel Vardi, Jean Dane, Sue Pray, Theodore Israel
Violin – Diana Halprin, Harold Kohon, Harry Cykman, Harry Lookofsky, Herbert Sorkin, John Pintavalle, Lewis Eley, Louis Gabowitz, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Richard Sortomme

Liner Notes

Producer – Bob James
Producer (Associate) – Jay Chattaway, Joe Jorgensen
Arranged By – Bob James
Concertmaster – David Nadien
Conductor – Bob James
Engineer – Joe Jorgensen
Engineer (Assistant) – Harold Tarowsky, Lou Jannone, Ted Brosnan, Tim Bomba
Mastered By – Vlado Meller

Design – Paula Scher
Photography – John Paul Endress

Mastered At Columbia Mastering
Recorded At CBS Studios, New York
Recorded At Soundmixers, New York City
Recorded At A&R Studios
Remixed At Soundmixers, New York City
Phonographic Copyright Tappan Zee Records Inc
Copyright CBS Inc