Dolly Parton pays emotional tribute to Whitney Houston!

Dolly Parton reveals that she felt completely overwhelmed the first time she heard Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You”. Keep reading as the country music legend shares her memories of the most beautiful moment in her life!

  • Dolly Parton is a terrific singer-songwriter with more than 3,000 song to her name, and she receives all the royalties. “I Will Always Love You” generated $10 million in royalties when it was launched in the 90s.   
  • Did you know that Elvis Presley wanted to record the hit song but demanded half the royalty rights? Dolly Parton refused to give up her rights to the king of rock. Years later the country gal was vindicated when Whitney Houston's version became a phenomenon in music history.
  • Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She was the most awarded female artist of all time according to Guinness World Records, and she was also one of the best-selling recording singers of all time, with sales of over 200 million albums around the globe.
Dolly Parton emotionally support's Whitney Houston's version of her song

Dolly Parton is an extraordinary artist who managed to successfully transition from her country roots to gain international fame in pop music. She is an incredibly gifted singer/ songwriter.

The megastar’s efforts brought country music to a wider audience. Thanks to her it's popular not only in America but also all around the world. Her classic songs, known by everyone, prove it.  Who doesn’t know “Jolene”, "Kentucky Gambler," "I Will Always Love You," "Coat of Many Colors," and "Tennessee Homesick Blues.”

"Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics" on sale on November 17!

In her new book “Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics” the diva remembers the very first time she heard her song on the radio when she was driving her Cadillac to her home in Tennessee.

Whitney Houston performing "I Will Always Love You"

“I was shot so full of adrenaline and energy, I had to pull off, because I was afraid that I would wreck, so I pulled over quick as I could to listen to that whole song,”

The country music legend revealed that she couldn’t believe what Houston made covering her little song because she turned into the most beautiful major ballad of her career.

Parton composed the lyrics in 1973, as a goodbye letter to her mentor country music star Porter Wagoner. The duo used to perform together on “The Porter Wagoner Show” in the ‘60s, but Parton decided to go solo and the rest is history!

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