Published on July 15, 2016
“I Will Always Love You” is a song written in 1973 and originally recorded by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. Her country version of the track was released as a single in 1974. It was written for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, as a farewell since they were professionally parting career paths as Parton had chosen to pursue a solo career.
Parton’s version of “I Will Always Love You” attained commercial success, twice reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. First, in June 1974 and again in 1982 when her re-recording of the song also reached number one October of that year. With that accomplishment, Parton became the first artist ever to earn a number one record twice with the same song.
Whitney Houston recorded a cover version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. Her single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has since become one of the best-selling singles of all time, and the best-selling single by a woman in music history. Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” re-charted in 2012 after her death, making it only the second single ever to reach the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 in separate chart runs. The song has also been covered by many other significant artists including Linda Ronstadt and John Doe.