There are some songs out there that people have no idea are covers. Take Whitney Houston’s fantastic rendition of “I Will Always Love You”. People think that she wrote it for the movie that the song was in the soundtrack for: “The Bodyguard”. Not true. Dolly Parton wrote this nearly two decades before that movie even hit the theaters. This video shows the country music legend in all her glory.
Parton sits on a stage and starts singing her hit song, “I Will Always Love You”. She’s always had a tremendous voice and it was on full display during this taping in 1974. It’s full of pathos and tender love at the same time. The best singers are capable of a wide range of emotions and Parton is more than up to the task. She is far from the “Blonde Bimbo” that some misogynists paint her as being.
In case you don’t know the history of this song, Parton wrote it as a way to help heal a rift between her and her former musical partner, Porter Wagoner, whose show this is from, actually. There had been animosity on his part about what happened and this was an olive branch of sorts from Parton. Her version hit the top of the charts in both America and Canada in 1974. It charted again when she re-recorded it for the movie, “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”.
Of course, the comments section on YouTube devolved into a Dolly Vs. Whitney debate… though I’m using that word very loosely. It’s a little irksome that the first results on Google point to the video for the Houston version first. It’s things like this that prevent people from realizing that Whitney didn’t write the song herself. While Houston does have a great voice, I’m particular to Dolly’s version myself.
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