Dolly Parton shares the story behind one of her biggest hits on an all-new episode of AXS TV’s Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road.
Parton wrote “I Will Always Love You,” following a fight with her longtime professional partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner. “I went home with a heavy heart, and I wrote ‘I Will Always Love You’,” Parton explains. “I went back to Porter and said, ‘You won’t listen to what I’m saying, please sit down and listen to this song.’ He started to listen to it and I started playing it with my guitar, and he started to cry. He said, ‘Ok, you can go, if I can produce that song.'”
Dolly’s version hit the top of the country charts in 1974 and caught the ear of Elvis Presley, who wanted to record it. The problem was that Dolly would’ve had to give up half of her publishing rights. “I grieved over that,” she said. “I just cried my heart out, cause I was just picturing Elvis singing that. Can you imagine?”
The rest we know as history. The song was recorded by Whitney Houston in 1992, it became one of the best-selling songs in music history and Dolly got to keep full publishing rights.
FUN FACT: Dolly wrote “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” in the same night!
Hear the story from Dolly Parton herself on an all-new episode of AXS TV’s Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road this Sunday, November 10 at 9 p.m. EST
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