Young Dolly Parton Sings Her Hit ‘I Will Always Love You’

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.” Her tremendous voice 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.

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.

Dolly’s 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.”

Watch and listen to one of Country’s biggest stars from ‘back in the day,’ singing her brilliant song ‘I Will Always Love You’ and be transported into the wonderful world of Dolly.

Young Dolly Parton Sings Her Hit \'I Will Always Love You\'