I Will Always Love You

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I Will Always Love You

Song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton add

Category: Music (410)

Launched in 1973.

Countries: United States (46%), United Kingdom (16%), U.S. (11%)

Main connections: Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Lin Yu Chun

Linked to: The Official Charts Company, Australian Recording Industry Association, Irish Recorded Music Association, Recording Industry Association of America

 

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1973

Parton wrote the track in 1973 for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was separating professionally at the time add something

 

The singer wrote the song, which was recorded on June 13, 1973, for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time add something


1974

In addition to "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"'s soundtrack, Parton's original 1974 recording of the song appeared in Martin Scorsese's film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore add something

 

On its first release, "I Will Always Love You" reached number four in Canada and number one on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songs, becoming one of the best selling singles of 1974 add something

 

Dolly Parton - In 1974, her song, "I Will Always Love You", written about her professional break from Wagoner, went to number one on the country music charts

 

The country track was released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, "Jolene" add something


1975

However, when it was discovered the song was to be used for "Fried Green Tomatoes", Houston requested a different song, and her co-star Kevin Costner brought her Dolly Parton's recording, the song's producer brought her Linda Ronstadt's 1975 version of "I Will Always Love You" from her album "Prisoner in Disguise" add something

 

One of the earliest covers was Linda Ronstadt's version of the song, which she included on her 1975 "Prisoner in Disguise" album add something


1982

After being re-released in 1982, the track once again peaked at number one on Hot Country Songs, making Parton the first artist ever to earn a number one record twice with the same song add something

 

Parton later re-recorded the song in 1982, when it was included on the soundtrack of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" add something

 

Dolly Parton - Parton continued to make inroads on the pop charts as well with a re-recorded version of "I Will Always Love You" from the feature film "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" scraping the Top 50 that year and her duet with Kenny Rogers, "Islands in the Stream" , spent two weeks at number one in 1983


1986

The single became Houston's longest run at number one, smashing her previous record, which was three weeks with 1986's, "Greatest Love of All add something


1990

In the United Kingdom, the single sold over 1,550,000 copies, becoming the tenth best-selling single of the 1990s, and was certified 2× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry on January 1, 1993 add something


1992

In Australia, it was the number 17 single of 1992 and the number two song of 1993 add something

 

Similarly, in the U.K., Houston's version was ranked the number one single of 1992, and made the countdown again in 1993 where it was ranked number nine, marking the first time any artist or group had the same single ranked in the top 10 of the year-end review two years in a row add something

 

Whitney Houston recorded a version of the song for the 1992 film "The Bodyguard" add something

 

It broke its own record in the following three weeks, peaking at 632,000 copies in the week ended December 27, 1992, "Billboard" the issue date of January 9, 1993 add something


1993

Alex Bugnon did a cover version of the song on his album "This Time Around", released in 1993 add something

 

Hank Marvin did an instrumental version of the song in 1993 on his album "Heartbeat" add something

 

The song stayed at number one in the United States throughout January and February in 1993, making it the first time "Billboard" didn't rank a new number one single until March of the new year add something


 

In addition, it received Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Soul/R&B Single awards at the 21st American Music awards, which was the first record by a solo female artist to win both categories, and the third overall in AMA history behind "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross in 1982 and "Beat It" by Michael Jackson in 1984 add something


1995

After recording a duet with Vince Gill in 1995, "I Will Always Love You" re-entered the "Billboard" chart and peaked at number 15 add something

 

In his book "Country Music Culture: From Hard Times to Heaven" , Ellison stated, "in the early 1990s, when ambiguity in romantic relationships accompanies changing expectations for both men and women, this song demonstrates Dolly Parton's appeal as a songwriter in the pop music market add something


1997

The record was broken by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight", selling 3,4 million in the final week of September 1997 add something


1998

John Tesh did an instrumental version of the song in 1998 on his album "Pure Movies" add something

 

Alsou - In 1998, at the wedding of her brother Marat which was celebrated on the bank of the Moskva River, Alsou sat at the grand piano and sang I Will Always Love You


2001

Also, that same week after her death, the single returned to the "Billboard" Hot 100, after almost 20 years, debuting at number 7, and becoming a posthumous top-ten single for Houston, the first one since 2001 add something


2002

Rik Waller covered the song in 2002 add something


2005

Katherine Jenkins - Jenkins's Italian-language version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" , first performed live at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire on 28 August 2005, was the first cut on her third album "Living a Dream"


2008

Whitney Houston - In 2008, Rolling Stone listed Houston as the thirty-fourth of the 100 greatest singers of all time, stating "Her voice is a mammoth, coruscating cry: Few vocalists could get away with opening a song with 45 unaccompanied seconds of singing, but Houston's powerhouse version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" is a tour de force.


2009

According to Nielsen SoundScan, as of 2009, the single sold 4,591,000 copies, and became the second best-selling physical single in U.S. alone, only behind Elton John's single in 1997 add something

 

Connie Talbot - In April 2009, Talbot again travelled to the U.S. in order to publicise her new single, a cover of "I Will Always Love You"


2010

Jennifer Hudson performed the song in front of Houston in 2010 add something

 

Lin Yu Chun - In April, 2010, he visited the United States and performed "I Will Always Love You" and Amazing Grace on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

 

Lin Yu Chun - On April 2, 2010, Lin sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", earning Lin 25 points

 

Lin Yu Chun - On August 11, 2010 Lin sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" on America's Got Talent season 5 on the YouTube selection episode, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd

 

Lin Yu Chun - Lin Yu Chun's debut is a mini-album, "I Will Always Love You," released in Japanese on September 8, 2010 specially for the Japanese market


2012

Il Divo recorded a Spanish-English version, "Siempre Te Amaré," and included it on their 2012 Greatest Hits album add something

 

In 2012, the song was covered in musical TV series "Glee" in episode "Heart" performed by Amber Riley as her character Mercedes Jones add something

 

On the day of Houston's death in February 2012, Parton said in a statement to "Billboard" "Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston, I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you add something

 

Only a few hours after Houston's death on February 11, 2012, "I Will Always Love You" topped the U.S. iTunes Charts add something

 

On February 12, 2012, Hudson performed the song as a tribute during the 54th Grammy awards, the day after Houston's death, alongside images of musicians who had died in 2011 and 2012, including Amy Winehouse and Etta James add something

 

Jennifer Hudson - The day after the death of Whitney Houston, Hudson paid tribute to her by singing Houston's iconic "I Will Always Love You" during the 54th Grammy *awards held February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

 

It debuted on the "Billboard" Hot Digital Singles Chart at number 3 on the chart dated February 25, 2012 with over 195,000 copies downloaded add something


2013

Later, in 2013, during her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Beyoncé sang the opening lines of "I Will Always Love You" prior to the performance of "Halo" as the final song of the tour add something

 

Our Lady J released a cover of "I Will Always Love You" on her 2013 debut album "Picture of a Man," with an arrangement unique from both the Dolly Parton original and well-known Whitney Houston cover add something

 

Roman's version was released on her 2013 album "At Last" add something

 

Dolly Parton - In 2013, Parton joined Lulu Roman for a recording of "I Will Always Love You" for Roman's album "At Last"


2014

In February 2014, the song was placed at number six on "Billboard"'s list of the "Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time" add something


2016

George Strait - In 2016, Strait was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA *awards


2017

At the 2017 Commencement of the University of Southern California, Will Ferrell sang "I Will Always Love You" to the graduating class add something


2018

As of 2018, her performance is the most watched YouTube video by an Austrian artist add something


2019

Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You - In a 2019 episode of the Sky Arts music series "Brian Johnson: A Life on the Road", Parton described finding old cassette tapes and realizing that she'd composed both "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" in the same songwriting session, telling Johnson "Buddy, that was a good night