Why Elvis never recorded Dolly Parton’s ‘I’ll Always Love You’


Long before Whitney Houston’s iconic re-recording, someone else sang Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit “I’ll Always Love You”.

In a profile W Newspaper, Parton, 75, revealed why Elvis Presley intended to record the song.

The “9 to 5” actress met with Presley’s manager and discussed the song, but his manager wanted half the rights to the publication instead of singing King of Rock and Roll.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t give you a publication,'” Parton told the publication. “I wanted to hear Elvis singing, and it broke my heart – I cried all night.”

She continued: “I had to keep that copyright in my pocket. You have to take care of your business! Everyone will use you if you can. These are my songs – they are like my children. And I expect they will support me as I get older! ”

Paxton declined to share the publishing rights with Presley’s manager.
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Although Presley did not record the song, the record held a special place in his heart. “Elvis’s wife, Priscilla, when she and Elvis divorced, Elvis sang my song to her,” Parton said. “It touched me so deeply.”

Priscilla and Elvis married in 1967 and divorced in 1973. The “Love Me Tender” actor died of heart disease in 1977 at the age of 42.

Of course, Whitney Houston recorded “I’ll Always Love You” in 1992 for her romantic drama “The Bodyguard,” to Parton’s delight. Last year, after she first heard about it, she told Oprah that the car she was driving had to be towed up so it wouldn’t be an accident.

Parton reminisced about Houston, who died in 2012 during his W interview. “He played too [‘I Will Always Love You’] At Whitney Houston’s funeral, “he said.” After that, I thought they would play the same song when I went. “

Whitney Houston
Houston died in 2012 from drowning, coronary artery disease and cocaine intoxication.
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Miley Cyrus’s godmother also looked back on her long and successful career and revealed that there is one song that has influenced her.

“When I first heard ‘Puppy Love’ on the radio, I was suicidal,” he said. “I was sitting on the counter at my aunt’s house, and suddenly I heard my voice. I slipped on the floor because she was kicking. I was trying to go to the radio. Even today, I have never had anything as exciting as the first time I heard it on the radio.

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