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I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton

Album: JoleneReleased: 1974Charted:
53
  • This is not a love song in the conventional sense; Parton wrote it for a close friend. In 1967, she was invited by the Country star Porter Wagoner to co-host his TV show, where they became famous for their duets. In time though, her enormous talent eclipsed that of her mentor, and she moved on to greener pastures. She wrote the song for him to show her appreciation for the time they had worked together. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
  • This was the second of 5 consecutive #1 Country hits that Parton had after establishing herself as a solo artist.
  • Parton later recorded a second version of this song for the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, which she starred in along with Burt Reynolds. The second version not only became a #1 Country hit (like the first version), but also became a crossover hit, reaching #53 on the pop charts.
  • During the popularity of her first version of this song, Elvis Presley wanted to cover it. Parton was interested, but when she found out that she would have to sign over half of the profits in order to give him the chance, she thought twice.
  • In the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the first version can be softly heard in the background of a scene where Ellen Burstyn's character Alice Hyatt meets a violent good-old boy named Ben Eberhart (played by Harvey Keitel). Despite this, the song is not featured on the film's soundtrack. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
  • When this song was chosen for the 1992 film The Bodyguard, it proved to be a huge benefit for both Parton and Whitney Houston. It helped revive Houston's career (which struggled somewhat beforehand) and as Houston's version became a worldwide success in Pop music, both artists have managed to receive a huge amount of royalties from it. While Parton's version was a Country ballad, Houston's version attracted audiences of Pop, Soul, and Adult Contemporary. Houston's version managed to be a #1 Pop hit in a variety of countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and Netherlands.
  • In 1995, Parton recorded a third version of this song with Vince Gill as a duet. This version became a Top 20 Country hit and won the 1995 Country Music Association Award and received a Grammy nomination.
  • Other artists who have covered this song include Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Sarah Washington, and Roger Whittaker. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 3)
  • Six years before writing this, Parton composed a song called "I'll Oil Wells Love You."
  • This ballad came in at #1 in a 2011 Valentine's Day poll by CMT to find the best love song. It was followed in the CMT Greatest Love Song list by Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" in second place and Faith Hill's "Breathe" in third. We wonder how many people would be surprised to find out "Always Love You" is not a conventional love song, but was penned by Dolly for a close friend rather than a lover. (See the first Songfact).
  • Parton performed this song to Porter Wagoner on May 19, 2007 during his Porter 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry. "This was my goodbye song to Porter," Parton said before singing to him. Wagoner was suffering from lung cancer at the time and died on October 28, 2007.
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Comments: 11

The spoken part is like "I hope life treats you kind and I hope that you have all that you ever dreamed of and I wish you joy and happiness. But above all of this, I wish you love" but it doesn't play that part in this videoSierra - Nowhere, Id
Which part is the spoken part in this song? I don't think I've ever heard it.Annabelle - Eugene, Or
Dolly's voice on this track just does something to me, that I can't explain. Like a spell or something, I have fallen in love with it. It's like pure femininity. Like it's a big ol' nipple and it sucks me in. Or, I'm the nipple and I suck it in. I don't know. I'm just saying is all. There's something sucking some other thing into that voice, and it's . . . like the Sirens singing to Odyseus! Helpless to its power. Overwhelmed with urges to go over to it, where is it? My goodness, I have to have it. Dolly!!!!Jeff - Casa Grande, Az
I've been in love with this woman for years and she doesn't even know it. But then again so has many others. Sing it baby.George - Louisville, Ky
Parton is a great songwriter.She doesnt have the greatest voice but she owns this song.No one else can come close.I just happened to be at the Grand Ole Opry the night Porter Wagoner was honored for 50 years in the music business .Parton made somewhat of a surprise visit and sang this song to Porter,whom she wrote it for,and it was very very special.No one could have known ,of course,but just a few short months later ,in late Oct.2007,Porter would be dead.I have a great picture taken by a friend of her whispering something in his ear.What a night!Mark - Byrdstown, Tn
Apart from this track, Slow dancing with the moon is also a lovely song but not aired in UK.Annie - London
What was the song that Dolly Parton sang at the end of her show,? was it I will always love you. (The Dolly Parton Show 1976).Janet - Orlando, Fl
Dolly is not only one of country music's best performers but probably the greatest writer as well. Love her.George - Richmond, Va
Rik Waller did a dreadful cover of this song in 2001, but fortunately it flopped...Dave - Cardiff, Wales
Often cited as one of the greatest love songs, it's actually a breakup song! The song simple states that although there is no way I can still be with you, I will always appreciate everything you've done for me. Despite this, it still gets played at weddings!!Al - Stafford Springs, Ct
This song has been a big hit for Parton 3 times. The original in 1972, the 'Whorehouse" version in the 80's and then the duet version with Vince Gill in the 90's on the ablum "Something Special". Not to mention of course Whitney Houstons version for the Bodyguard soundtrack. It was written by Parton when she decided to leave the Porter Wagoner show. It was written "for him".Joshua - Leavenworth, Ks