I will always love you by dolly parton

Dolly Parton is a singer-songwriter with an impressive catalog that includes “I Will Always Love You,” which later became one of Whitney Houston’s biggest hits.

The Queen of Country recorded the tuy nhiên in 1973. But it really ballooned in popularity when Houston thanh lịch it for the 1992 soundtrack of The Bodyguard. Parton made millions in royalties from the tuy nhiên and was recently asked what she spent the money on. Here’s the country music star‘s answer, plus whom she wouldn’t let cover “I Will Always Love You” & for whom she really wrote it.

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According lớn Forbes, the ballad earned Parton $10 million in royalties in the ’90s alone after Houston’s version shot khổng lồ No. 1. On Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the songbird shared what she spent that money on.

“I bought my big office complex down in Nashville. Và so I thought, ‘Well, this is a wonderful place to lớn be,"” she revealed. “I bought a property down in what was the đen area of town, and it was mostly just đen families & people that lived around there. … I thought, ‘Well, I am going to lớn buy this place."”

The “Jolene” artist added: “It was a whole strip mall. & I thought this is the perfect place for me khổng lồ be, considering it was Whitney. So I just thought, ‘This is great. I’m just going khổng lồ be down here with her people, who are my people as well.’ và so I just love the fact that I spent that money on a complex. Và I think, ‘This is the house that Whitney built."”

Dolly Parton wrote ‘I Will Always Love You’ about this person

Many people have wondered over the years for whom Dolly Parton wrote “I Will Always Love You.” The country star explained her inspiration during an interview on CMT.

“I was trying to get away on my own because I had promised to lớn stay with Porter ’s show for five years. I had been there for seven. Và we fought a lot,” she recalled. “We were very much alike. We were both stubborn. We both believed that we knew what was best for us. Well, he believed he knew what was best for me, too, & I believed that I knew more what was best for me at that time. So, needless lớn say, there was a lot of grief và heartache there, and he just wasn’t listening khổng lồ my reasoning for my going.”

Parton continued: “I thought, ’He’s never going to lớn listen. He’s just going to lớn b**** every day that I go in khổng lồ talk about this.’ So I thought, ’Well, why don’t you vì chưng what you vị best? Why don’t you just write this song?’ Because I knew at that time I was going to go, no matter what. So I went home and out of a very emotional place in me at that time I wrote the tuy nhiên ‘I Will Always Love You.’”

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