' Jolene' by Dolly Parton is without doubt one of the best country ballads of all time, and it still sounds fresh after more than 40 years. We only have but impressive words to describe the pop diva’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” and Whitney Houston is an absolute legend of her own but it’s time that the young generation know that the original songstress behind the classic hit is no other than Dolly Parton. While Wagoner and Parton did not have any romantic involvement, Wagoner was a bit reluctant on letting her one and only precious talent go. If you’re still clueless on how this romantic break-up song got its inspiration, Dolly Parton actually wrote the song for Porter Wagoner, her mentor for almost 7 years on which Parton is separating with professionally. On the other hand, Dolly clarified what the song actually meant for their mentor to mentee relationship: "It's saying, 'Just because I'm going don't mean I won't love you. And you can go, providing I get to produce that record.' And he did." Indeed, the public shared the same sentiment with Wagoner when “I Will Always Love You” catapulted to the number one spot not once but twice on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Frankie explained, “” They arrived at Graceland just a few hours after Elvis died and there was already a huge crowd gathered outside of the gates.Elvis’ uncle served as the security guard and let the Laxes through because he knew who they were.While Parton was delighted by the prospect of Elvis covering her record, it was the future of the song's publishing rights that drove her to say no." data-reactid="25""(Elvis) had wanted to record it and I had been invited to come down to the studio to hear him and it was a couple of days before and Colonel Tom Parker – who was (Presley's) manager at the time – called and said 'Now you know Elvis don't record anything unless we get half the publishing'," Parton told CNBC Meets' Tania Bryer."And I said 'well this has already been a hit for me and this is in my publishing company and I can't give you half of it', and he said 'well then we can't do it.'""And I said well, 'I am really sorry to hear that because I already told everybody Elvis was doing my song' but I thought you know, I can't do it. So I thought: 'Well, it was just one of those first really hard business decisions I had to make.'"Even though Parton knew in her heart that she had to protect her business ventures, she went on to tell CNBC that she wished she could have heard the rock legend sing the track.By holding on to her publishing rights however, the singer-songwriter went on to earn estimated millions in royalties from the song — something that may not have been the case if Elvis and his manager had their way." data-reactid="30"Parton's original hit topped the country charts twice, once in 1974 and once when it was re-released in 1982, in time for it to feature on the soundtrack of her film "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".
“Daddy was a fan of Elvis and liked his music, but he didn’t try to take advantage of him and try to borrow money at every turn like some of the other guys did.” Although he went back to being a famous actor and singer after he was honorably discharged from the Army, Elvis remained close with Frank, and his family, for many years.
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For Dolly Parton, turning down Elvis' offer to cover her music was one of the first “really hard business decisions” she had to make, the superstar told CNBC Meets.
I appreciate you and I hope you do great and I appreciate everything you've done, but I'm out of here, And I took it in the next morning. I've written this song, and I want you to hear it.'... The first zenith spot was coveted in June 1974 and its second was bagged on October 1982 after Parton recorded a different version for the song.
While “I Will Always Love You” was enjoying its success, Elvis Presley expressed strong desire of doing a cover of “I Will Always Love You.” Our country icon was definitely all giggles and yes until Presley’s manager came in the picture demanding to have half of the publishing right to be signed under Presley’s name. Elvis Presley.' And other people were saying, 'You're nuts.