Dolly Parton wrote the song “I Will Always Love You” as a farewell song to her mentor and friend, Porter Wagoner. It’s not the kind of love song we are all thinking about, it’s the kind of song that love is the center of the theme, and the kind of love in here is not a romantic kind of love. Porter and Parton worked together for seven years. They released songs that have entered the chart, but Parton was eager to pursue a solo career. This made Porter felt betrayed and sad, but when Parton showed him the song it made him cry.
“I Will Always Love You” was penned by Parton in 1973. When she released her recording of the song, it reached the top of the country Billboard chart. In 1982, Parton recorded the song again for the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Her second recording went straight up to number one. Furthermore, it reached number fifty-three on the Hot 100 chart.
The song was recorded by Whitney Houston in 1992. It became a massive success, winning multiple awards and entering the top of the charts inside and outside of the US. Furthermore, Houston’s version has been certified by different recording industries worldwide.
Parton recorded the song again for the third time. Instead of recording it alone, she collaborated with country singer Vince Gill. Her third version with Gill became one of the tracks from her studio album Something Special in 1995. Gill and Parton’s recording reached number fifteen on the country chart. In addition, it made an appearance on the Canadian chart at number twenty-two. Parton and Gill’s version was nominated in the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, but they lose to Alison Krauss and Shenandoah’s “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart.”