Dolly Parton on hearing Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’! The country music icon, 74, told Oprah Winfrey that she actually had to pull over in her car when she first heard the late singer’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”
Parton said she was driving from her office in downtown Nashville to her home in Brentwood, Tenn, when it came on the radio.
“I was shot so full of adrenaline and energy, I had to pull off, because I was afraid that I would wreck, so I pulled over quick as I could to listen to that whole song,” Parton said to Winfrey in a new episode of The Oprah Conversation on Apple TV+. “I could not believe how she did that. I mean, how beautiful it was that my little song had turned into that, so that was a major, major thing.”
The “Jolene” singer said her heart “started to beat so fast and then when she got into ‘I Will Always Love You,’ when that opened up, and I realized that was my song, it was the most overwhelming thing.”
Parton wrote the song back in 1973 as a goodbye anthem to her mentor and dueting partner Porter Wagoner. When she went solo, the song topped the country charts in 1974.
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Dolly Parton on hearing Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’!! Dolly Parton on hearing Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’!