Dolly Parton regrets rejecting Elvis Presley to cover his hit song in the early 1970s
Dolly Parton regrets rejecting Elvis Presley to cover his song I will Always Love You in the early 1970s.
In an interview with W Magazinethe country singer explained that Presley’s manager approached her on behalf of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to cover the song.
The Jolene hitmaker, 77, at the time was understandably thrilled. She said she was “so excited” and told her friends before she was told that Elvis even wanted her to come to the studio so he could meet her.
“I told everyone. They had called me [to tell me] that Elvis was recording it. Elvis wanted to meet me and stuff,” she shared. But his enthusiasm soon faded when Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, demanded half of Parton’s publishing rights.
“I said, ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t give you the post,'” Parton said. “I wanted to hear Elvis sing it, and it broke my heart – I cried all night.”
She continued, “But I had to keep that copyright in my pocket. You need to take care of your business! Everyone will use you if they can. These are my songs, they are like my children. And I expect them to support me when I’m old!
According to Initiatedalthough Presley never recorded the song, Parton shared that Presley’s ex-wife told him he sang the song to her when she and Presley divorced.
The song was originally written in 1973, inspired by Parton’s former partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner. Parton wrote the song about her decision to part ways with Wagoner professionally. W Magazine reported that when she sang it for him, he said, “It’s the best song you’ve ever written. And you can go, if I can produce this song.
In 1992, Whitney Houston covered the song from the romance movie The bodyguard. The song was played at Houston’s funeral upon his death in 2012.