Long before Whitney Houston’s iconic re-recording, Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit “I’ll Always Love You” was sung by almost someone else.
In a profile for W magazine, 75-year-old Parton revealed why Elvis Presley was even made to record the song.
Turns out, the “9 to 5” actress actually met with Presley’s manager to discuss the song, but her manager wanted half the publishing rights for the song in exchange for the King of Rock and Roll.
“I said, ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t give you the publication,'” Parton told the publication. “I wanted to hear Elvis sing it, and it broke my heart – I cried all night.”
She continued: “I had to carry that copyright in my pocket. You have to take care of your business! Everyone is going to use you if they can. These are my songs – they are like my children. And I hope they support me when I’m old!
Despite Presley never recording the song, the record still holds a special place in his heart. “Elvis’ wife Priscilla told me that when she and Elvis divorced, Elvis sang my song for her,” Parton said. “He touched me very deeply.”
Priscilla and Elvis married in 1967 and divorced in 1973. The “Love Me Tender” actor died of heart disease in 1977 at the age of 42.
Of course, Whitney Houston recorded “I Will Always Love You” for her romantic drama, “The Bodyguard” in 1992, much to Parton’s delight. Last year, she told Oprah that after hearing it for the first time, she had to pull over the car she was driving so she wouldn’t crash it.
Parton then reminisced about Houston, who died in 2012 during a W interview. “He also played [‘I Will Always Love You’] At Whitney Houston’s funeral,” she said. “After that, I thought, I’m sure they’ll play the same song when I go.”
Miley Cyrus’ godmother also looked back on her long and successful career and revealed that there is one song that influenced her.
“When I first heard ‘Puppy Love’ on the radio, I set about killing myself,” she said. “I was sitting on the counter at my aunt’s house, and suddenly I heard my voice. I slipped on the floor as she was wiping. I was trying to get on the radio. To this day, I have never had anything that is more exciting than hearing it on the radio for the first time. “