In January 1977, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band joined Ronnie Spector at CBS Studios in New York City, NY, for the recording of Billy Joel's Say goodbye to Hollywood
and Steven Van Zandt's Baby please don't go
. "Say Goodbye To Hollywood / Baby Please Don't Go" was Cleveland International Records' first single. Label's founder Steve Popovich had the idea that Ronnie Spector records the single with the E Street Band. "Lifelong best friend," Steven Van Zandt said about him in 2017. "I told him E St was in big trouble. Broke. He had the idea. Then overpaid us. Saved the band." The E Street Band received its first official recording credit on Say goodbye to Hollywood and Baby please don't go, and to date, it remains the band's only non-Springsteen credit. Both tracks were arranged and produced by Steven Van Zandt (credited as "Sugar Miami Steve"), who also wrote the B-side. 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 Springsteen 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.
Bruce : " We got a special, a special... somebody really special with us tonight, somebody who, who I love and wanted to marry ever since I heard her first record, and I still do. And... I'm gonna her bring out to sing some songs with us. Miss Ronnie Spector...."