Knowledge Identifier: $I_Will_Always_Love_You
Category: Music (410)
Launched in 1973.
Countries: United States (46%), United Kingdom (16%), U.S. (11%)
Linked to: The Official Charts Company, Australian Recording Industry Association, Irish Recorded Music Association, Recording Industry Association of America
Parton wrote the track in 1973 for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was separating professionally at the time
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
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"
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
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
After recording a duet with Vince Gill in 1995, "I Will Always Love You" re-entered the "Billboard" chart and peaked at number 15
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
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
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.
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"
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
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
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