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July 12

Not Whitney but Dolly: Relive and Watch Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”

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We only have but impressive words to describe the pop diva’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” and Whitney Houston is an absolute legend of her own but it’s time that the young generation know that the original songstress behind the classic hit is no other than Dolly Parton.

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Not Whitney but Dolly: Relive and Watch Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” 1

 

Dolly Parton, I Will Always Love You

It’s only fitting to realize that the smash hit “I Will Always Love You” is included in Parton’s 13th solo studio album Jolene in 1974. It was her second single released.

If you’re still clueless on how this romantic break-up song got its inspiration, Dolly Parton actually wrote the song for Porter Wagoner, her mentor for almost 7 years on which Parton is separating with professionally. While Wagoner and Parton did not have any romantic involvement, Wagoner was a bit reluctant on letting her one and only precious talent go. On the other hand, Dolly clarified what the song actually meant for their mentor to mentee relationship:

 “It’s saying, ‘Just because I’m going don’t mean I won’t love you. I appreciate you and I hope you do great and I appreciate everything you’ve done, but I’m out of here, And I took it in the next morning. I said, ‘Sit down, Porter. I’ve written this song, and I want you to hear it.’… And he was crying. He said, ‘That’s the prettiest song I ever heard. And you can go, providing I get to produce that record.’ And he did.”

Indeed, the public shared the same sentiment with Wagoner when “I Will Always Love You” catapulted to the number one spot not once but twice on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. The first zenith spot was coveted in June 1974 and its second was bagged on October 1982 after Parton recorded a different version for the song.

Other Controversies, Elvis Presley

While “I Will Always Love You” was enjoying its success, Elvis Presley expressed strong desire of doing a cover of “I Will Always Love You.” Our country icon was definitely all giggles and yes until Presley’s manager came in the picture demanding to have half of the publishing right to be signed under Presley’s name. Parton refused citing how she felt about it:

“I said, ‘I’m really sorry,’ and I cried all night. I mean, it was like the worst thing. You know, it’s like, Oh, my God … Elvis Presley.’ And other people were saying, ‘You’re nuts. It’s Elvis Presley.’ …I said, ‘I can’t do that. Something in my heart says, ‘Don’t do that. And I just didn’t do it… He would have killed it. But anyway, so he didn’t. Then when Whitney [Houston’s version] came out, I made enough money to buy Graceland.”

It’s a big deep sigh but we really cannot blame Dolly Parton who is a country diva at her prime.

Meanwhile, watch her moving performance of “I Will Always Love You” here:

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