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published : 2023-09-17

Dolly Parton's Disagreement with Elvis Presley's Manager over 'I Will Always Love You'

The 'Jolene' singer reveals why she turned down Presley's request

Dolly Parton performing at a concert, captivating the audience with her powerful voice (taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, Dolly Parton shared a fascinating story about her iconic song, 'I Will Always Love You,' and its connection to Elvis Presley.

Parton explained that she would have loved for Presley to record the song, but a disagreement with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, made it impossible.

According to Parton, everything was set for Presley to record the song, but the night before, Parker unexpectedly demanded 'at least half the publishing rights.'

Heartbroken, Parton had to decline the offer, emphasizing the importance of the copyright to her publishing company.

Elvis Presley charming the crowd during a live performance, mesmerizing fans with his iconic charisma (taken with a Nikon D850)

In a candid moment, she revealed that Priscilla Presley had told her that Elvis sang 'I Will Always Love You' to her when they were getting divorced.

Years later, the song gained even more fame when Whitney Houston recorded a cover of it for the film 'The Bodyguard.' Parton recalled her overwhelming reaction upon hearing Houston's cover on the radio.

While she never got to hear Presley sing the song, Parton found solace in collaborating with Ronnie McDowell, who had once worked with Elvis.

Parton's latest album, 'Rockstar,' showcases her versatility as a singer and songwriter, featuring collaborations with artists like Miley Cyrus, Pink, and Paul McCartney.

Whitney Houston singing passionately on stage, captivating the audience with her soulful rendition of 'I Will Always Love You' (taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III)

The country legend, who initially saw herself as a country artist and not a rock star, recently accepted induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Accepting the honor gracefully, she expressed her intentions to explore the rock genre further by recording a rock album that pushes her artistic boundaries.

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