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Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You

September 21, 2009 | 1974, Country, Female, Number 1

To many when they think of the song I will Always Love You, they will think about the version that Whitney Houston sang from the movie My Bodyguard. But long before that it was done by its composer Dolly Parton.

Parton wrote the song in 1973 and released it as one of the songs on her album Jolene and was the follow up single to Jolene. Even though it hit Number 1 on the country charts in a year when many country songs were cross over hits on the Pop charts it was not a big success on the Pop charts.

Parton has re-recorded the song twice. Once in 1982, (this clip may be from 1982) for the movie Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and again in 1995 as a duet with Vince Gill.

The Whitney Houston version released in 1992 is the 6th most successful song in chart history.

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