Say Goodbye to Hollywood

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"Say Goodbye to Hollywood"
Say Goodbye to Hollywood.jpg
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Songs in the Attic
B-side "Stop In Nevada"
Released 1981
Format 7"
Recorded June 1980
Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI
Genre Rock
Length 4:38
3:53 (Single version)
4:25 (Songs in the Attic version)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Sometimes a Fantasy"
(1981)
"Say Goodbye to Hollywood"
(1981)
"She's Got a Way"
(1982)
"Sometimes a Fantasy"
(1981)
"Say Goodbye to Hollywood"
(Live)
(1981)
"She's Got a Way"
(Live)
(1982)
Cover 1976 Single
Cover 1976 Single

"Say Goodbye to Hollywood" is a song written and performed by Billy Joel, first released in 1976 on his album Turnstiles. It was originally released as a single with "Stop in Nevada" as a B-side. However, the song achieved greater recognition in 1981 when a live version from Songs in the Attic was released as a single, with the live version of "Summer, Highland Falls" as a B-side. Joel wrote the song after moving back to New York City in 1975; he had previously relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 in an attempt to get out of an onerous record deal.

Influence[edit]

Joel has stated in his university lectures that he wrote the song with Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes song "Be My Baby" in mind.[1][2] Indeed, Joel notes that the two songs share a very similar beat.[3] 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.

Covers[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 45
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 17
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 35
U.S. Billboard Top Tracks 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Say Goodbye To Hollywood by Billy Joel". Songfacts.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Billy Joel University Lecture on Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "Songs with the 'Be My Baby' drum intro". Ilxor.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Nigel Olsson, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" single release Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Top Singles". RPM. Collectionscanada.gc.ca. November 7, 1981. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 

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