Taylor Dayne's third single, this ballad was written by the songwriter Jimmy George, whose other credits include "Just To See Her" for Smokey Robinson and "I Wonder Who's She's Seeing Now" for The Temptations.
Dayne was signed to Arista Records, which was helmed by the legendary music executive Clive Davis. In a Songfacts interview with Taylor Dayne
, she said: "I'll be the first to tell you I didn't get that song at all. But you're talking about a 20-year-old girl that's all of the sudden told 'sing this song.' I'm like, are you kidding me? I'm coming from 'Tell It To My Heart
,' 'Prove Your Love
,' and you want me to sing this? I just didn't get it, but Clive did. That's a maturity factor. I didn't get that song, but the rest of the world did."
"I'll Always Love You" established Dayne as a versatile singer and not just a dance diva, a crucial step on the path to relevance. The big hit ballad delivers staying power and a big career boost: note how Paula Abdul ("Rush, Rush
") and Madonna ("Crazy For You
") pulled away from the pack with their softer hits.