Billy Joel - SAY GOODBEY TO HOLLYWOOD

First performance: 17/02/1977


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 4 times :
 
  • During The Lawsuit Tour   
The song featured a guest appearances with Ronnie Spector and Flo & Eddie  
 
  • Off-tour 
These off-tour performances were originally scheduled as regular Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes gigs. However Southside became ill and couldn’t perform so Steven Van Zandt came to the rescue by organizing The Asbury Park All-Star Revue - a combination of The Asbury Jukes, The E Street Band, Ronnie Spector and Springsteen.
 
1977-05-12 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ (Asbury Park All-Star Revue)
1977-05-13 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ (early) (Asbury Park All-Star Revue)
1977-05-13 - MONMOUTH ARTS CENTER, RED BANK, NJ (late) (Asbury Park All-Star Revue)
 
The song was also offically recorded by the E Street Band. The E Street Band received its first official recording credit on the song, and to date, it remains the band's only non-Springsteen credit. The song was produced by Steven Van Zandt (credited as "Sugar Miami Steve"). The single's picture sleeve features an outdoor shot of Ronnie Spector, Bruce Springsteen, and the entire E Street Band, most probably taken during the January 1977 recording sessions in New York. Bruce appeared only on ‘ Say goodbye to Hollywood ‘ playing acoustic guitar. However, his involvement in the recording was not credited due to the lawsuit with Mike Appel that enjoined Springsteen from recording at the time. Both Steven Van Zandt and Ronnie Spector have later verified Springsteen's contribution on the recording of the track. 

Songinfo

" Say goodbye to Hollywood "is a song written by Billy Joel who originally released it on his 1976 album Turnstiles. Joel has stated in his university lectures that he wrote the song with Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes song "Be My Baby" in mind. The song Indeed share a very similar beat. Recognizing Joel's tribute, Ronnie Spector recorded her own cover version of "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" in 1977 with the E Street Band, soon after Joel released his first recording of the song on Turnstiles.

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Johnny's driving through the city tonight
Through the lights in a hot new rent-a-car
He joins the lovers in his heavy machine
It's a scene down on Sunset Boulevard

Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to my baby

Johnny's taking care of things for a while
And his style is so right for troubadours
They got him sitting with his back to the door
Now he won't be my fast gun anymore

Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to my baby

Moving on is a chance that you take everytime
You try to stay together (oh-oh-oh, oh, oh, oh)
Say a word out of line
You find that the friends you had are gone forever, and ever

So many faces in and out of my life
Some will last, some will just be now and then
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I'm afraid it's time for goodbye again

Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye to my baby

Ohhh, oh-oh-oh
My, my baby
Ohhh, oh-oh-oh
My, my darling