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Dolly Parton Shares Credit For I Will Always Love You With Whitney Houston.

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Well, hey! The cover may have made it more famous, but she IS responsible for its writing!

Dolly Parton caused some flack when she responded to the death of Whitney Houston by saying that she "will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song," regarding the late icon's cover of her 1974 original I Will Always Love You, but now, she's clarified - and is now calling it THEIRS!

She says:

"I did not know Whitney, nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song. My heart is with Whitney and her family as they lay her to rest … I Will Always Love You."

Beautifully said.

And of course, we imagine that Dolly meant no disrespect to anyone with her previous statements.

That song will always be thought of with both of them in mind.

May Whitney R.I.P.

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55 comments to “Dolly Parton Shares Credit For I Will Always Love You With Whitney Houston.”

  1. 1

    She said nothing wrong, it was Dolly's song and Whitney made it VERY popular. Im not sure why she is having to apologize. I guess its to satisfiy the mentally challenged who dont understand. She said nothing wrong to begin with. Always someone got a damn chip on their shoulder if you dont exactly word something to their liking. GEEZ!

  2. 2

    It is Dolly's song. People should be allowed to say what is on their mind with out being torn apart for it. Dolly said nothing wrong.

  3. 3

    Re: S_Cguy – agreed

  4. 4

    It IS Dolly's song! Yes Whitney made it poplular, but that doesn't mean anything. Dolly performed and wrote it FIRST, so techically it's HER song!

  5. 5

    Sorry but when you write the song, it is yours. WHitney did a great job at it, and made it her own but its still really Dollys song. Plus to me Whitney Houston's signature song is The Greatest Love Of All.

  6. 6

    Dolly's version is far superior.

  7. 7

    Disappointed in Dolly for retracting her statement. It's her damn song after all! Whitney didn't even choose the song. Someone handed her the lyrics and she sang it.

  8. 8

    Dolly is a class act
    And because of her song, the Houston estate should be picking up a nice chunk of change, that is as long as Clive Davis didn't screw Whitney out of her royalties

  9. 9

    I gave her credit cause I find it hilarious it was first sung in Best Little Whore House in Texas which is a fantastic fun movie…but yeah Whitney put it on the map and her rendition is still the best so it makes sense Whitney should get credit as well.

  10. 10

    Good Lord, it is Dolly's song bloody hell. And really, she's one of the classieset, kindest women in show business so I would really settle down about this.

  11. 11

    Dolly wrote a great song but Whitney BLEW IT OUT OF THE WATER!
    Ahem. In a good way. Most have forgotten Dolly's version which certainly wasn't bad but wasn't Whitney Wonderful either…

  12. 12

    What? When I saw Dolly in concert recently, she bagged Whitney out for her version of the song. Now she's saying she love it! I love Dolly big time but she's a hypocrite! Would she be saying this if Whitney was still alive??? I think NOT!!

  13. 13

    she should have stuck with what she first said…. it's HER song, she wrote it… end of story…she should not have to apologize for anything…. houston should have been kissing dolly's ass every day for writing such a great song…

  14. 14

    Whitney did not write any of her own songs, she just sang them. She sang them well. That's the only credit that should be given to her. Dolly owns the song! She did make it famous when she sang it to Burt Reynolds in the classic movie "Best little Whorehouse in Texas". Whitney just introduced it to a new generation of listeners.

  15. 15

    Agreed with @S_Cguy: I don't think Dolly needed to clarify anything or credit it as 'our' song. It IS Dolly's song. Whitney covered it. Yes, Whitney's version was spectacular and went far, but it's still a cover. It's Dolly's song. However it certainly shows how gracious Dolly is for accepting that the song was very important for Whitney's career and her version made it also intrinsically a part of her identity as a singer, and in that light saying 'our song' was a nice nod to that. However, it was a #1 hit for Dolly too, back in 1974 when she released it. Whitney just brought it to a different audience at a later date, giving it more mileage. Good on both of the ladies.

  16. 16

    Re: MR Pete – I don't think the family will get any royalties, it's Dolly's song…lol

  17. 17

    Dolly didn't need to clarify anything. That song was written long before Whitney sang it. To me, it will always be the song that Dolly wrote and performed first, later covered (brilliantly) by Whitney. It's Dolly's song.

  18. 18

    so ridiculous that she had to correct the truth. when coming from a writer's perspective, it IS Dolly's song for if not for the fact that she wrote it, it would not exist and Whitney never would have sung it. my God this is so trivial.

  19. 19

    She wrote it - - but in comparison, it was Whitney's song. In the business, she deserves it!

  20. 20

    Dolly you don't have to say that - you wrote the freaking song

  21. 21

    "Hi friends….I just want to apologize for ever making any claim to the song Shameless. We all know that I lost any attachment to it once Garth Brooks made it popular"

    Billy Joel

  22. 22

    "Dear Pop Music fans…

    I'd like to take this moment to say I deserve no credit or ownership to any of the songs I've written"

    Burt Bacharach

  23. 23

    yeah Dolly wrote it but no one would've known it if it wasnt for Whitney so its fare to share it as a thank for all the success

  24. 24

    Oh please. It's Dolly's song and she doesn't have anything to apologize for.

  25. 25

    Here's a little music history for you. Dolly wrote this song long before she did Best Little Whorehouse with Burt Reynolds. She wrote it as a goodbye to her then performing partner, Porter Waggoner and recorded it then. When she did the movie, they needed a song and she re-recorded it and it was on the movie's soundtrack. This song was also recorded by Linda Ronstadt and scores of others….Whitney was just lucky enough to have recorded a version that was incredibly beautiful and became forever associated with her. Is it the singer or the song? Does it really matter? A beautiful song, song by someone with an incredible voice. She will sing no more, but she leaves this wonderful piece of her for us to remember her by and for that I am grateful to both the singer and the writer of the song.

  26. 26

    Does Paul McCartney now have to share credit with everyone who has done a cover of "Yesterday?" Give me a break.

  27. 27

    Its NOT "their song". Its DOLLYS song. Dolly isnt giving royalties to Whitney Houston, its Dolly that is getting royalties from Houston. Therefore it is not "theirs".

  28. 28

    How was it disrespectful? It is her song.
    Dolly wrote it, performed it, and made it a #1 hit 20 years before Whitney ever heard it.

  29. 29

    I always liked Dolly's version better.

  30. 30

    She should NOT have changed her comment. That was/is Dolly's song. Dolly still owns the song and gets all the money from it. She stated this on ANDERSON a couple of weeks ago. It's been recorded several times and the ONLY reason that Whitney sang that song in the movie was because Kevin Costner was a fan of Dolly and suggested and wanted Whitney to sing it. Whitney's most memorable to me was "ONe moment in Time", which she also didn't write. Dolly did nothing wrong and people need to grow up.

  31. 31

    i love dolly i truelly think shes the cutest thing on earth .. thats whitneys song . she made it hers ..its hers .. i can understand dolly needing to claim the song as she wrote it but in my mind its whitneys song and thats all my grief can afford . is sadness for whitney . she owned it with her voice

  32. 32

    Even though Dolly didn't need to clarify, it just goes to show what kind of person she is. Whitney brought something to that song, that Dolly didn't and I think she knows that.

  33. 33

    Yes, it's Dolly's song. Just like Crazy belongs to Willie Nelson or 98% of the Glee songs are SOMEONE ELSE'S SONGS.
    Whitney never claimed it was her song though, so those that were offended….?

  34. 34

    I will always love that song that Dolly wrote and Whitney song. Kudsos to both ladies!!!
    You can write a great song and go for years without credit until an amazing voice comes along and breathe life into it. That what Whitney did with that song. She gave it life.

    RIP Whitney! Write on Dolly. Love Dolly's songs. My Tenn girl.

  35. 35

    Re: VicktheChick33 – You are dead wrong.

  36. 36

    It IS Dolly's song. 100%. She wrote it, she made it big. Whitney had a hit with it too but so did Dolly. When she was on the Porter Wagner show she made that song HUGE. It was huge. Whitney did a wonderful job with it and it surely was a hit but she doesn't necessarily need to share the credit for that song. It's Dolly's song.

  37. 37

    That's not very fair. It's not like Dolly was a nobody and the song had it's day and I've heard Dolly sing it a lot. Whitney had a beautiful amazing voice but that is all :/

  38. 38

    so.. I could sing any song in the world and I partially own it? :D

  39. 39

    It's Dolly's song, she knows that, everyone knows it. As a person who is supposedly IN the music industry (managing Matty B and that girl who DIDN"T get picked for The Voice) you should know that.

  40. 40

    Also, for the idiot who thinks WHitney's family will not get songwriter royalites, um, no she won't. That won't be changed.

  41. 41

    It was Dolly's song, but she is just being the class act that she is.

  42. 42

    For all of you saying "Whitney OWNS that song because she owned it with her voice" just a reminder she never literally owned it. Without Dolly it would never existed. Dolly has the paperwork and gets the money. End of it.

  43. 43

    Another attempt to rewrite history. Now Whitny wrote songs and she was not a drug addict. Say anything different and you will be labeled as a R*c*st!

  44. 44

    Dolly should NEVER be made to feel apologetic for callint it her song because it is!
    She wrote it- she sang it- she made it famous
    Whitney sang it and made it more famous… perhaps because maybe some pop music fans never bothered to listen to Dolly on the country charts
    so the song crossed over to many music fans

  45. 45

    Re: tibbly2

  46. 46

    Re: blondly7 – I completely disagree, Dolly wrote the song, originally recorded the song and re-recorded the song LONG before WHITNEY ever heard of the song!! The song has been covered by many artists some more known then others. Did WHITNEY make it a big hit, yes but so did DOLLY! And it will never be WHITNEY's song it will always be DOLLY's song period. While I love Whitney and was a fan I couldn't believe out of all the songs she recorded(most of which she never wrote) they chose a cover as the song to keep playing in her memory. They should have picked one of the many lovely ballads Whitney was the original singer of rather then a cover. I'm sure DOLLY doesn't mind them using the song, she gets paid everytime the song gets played!

  47. 47

    She said nothing wrong — it IS her song and Whitney said as much. Dolly is a singer too you know…she could have always sung it and I think has. People are way, way too sensitive these days. Dolly rocks!!

  48. 48

    Re: Ozjohn
    I don't believe that for one minute. Dolly Parton would NEVER do that.

  49. 49

    I LOVE Whitney Houston and we have lost one amazing lady and voice. I have watched her funeral and the HOME GOING that some people don't even know what that is! What a lesson in life people in the world got today and I hope we won't soon forget it. Life is so short, a vapor!
    As for the song I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU…you can't take it away from DOLLY! With out Dolly there the song would not have been but yes with out WHITNEY the song would not have been the song it turned out to be for Dolly or Whitney but Dolly GRACIOUSLY shared it and Whitney BEAUTIFULLY sang it! Together the song was the song it was meant to be! We have lost a wonderful amazing lady but because of her voice in music song she will live on FOREVER!!! We are BLESSED to still have Dolly with us to continue to perform and write amazing songs and inspire us with her gracious and talented life. TWO WONDERFUL LADIES AND LEGACIES…

  50. 50

    I LOVE Whitney Houston and we have lost one amazing lady and voice. I have watched her funeral today and the "HOME GOING" that some people (especially if not from the 'south') don't even know what a Home Going is! What a lesson in life people in the world got today and I hope we won't soon forget it. Life is so short, a vapor!
    As for the song I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU…you can't take it away from DOLLY! With out Dolly the song would not have been…but yes, with out WHITNEY the song would not have been the song it turned out to be for Dolly or Whitney but Dolly GRACIOUSLY shared the song and Whitney BEAUTIFULLY sang it, lie no other! Together (Dolly and Whitney) the song was the song it was meant to be! We have lost a wonderful amazing lady but because of Whitney's voice and Dolly's song Whitney will live on FOREVER!!! We are BLESSED to still have Dolly with us to continue to perform and write amazing songs and inspire us with her gracious attitude and talented life. TWO WONDERFUL LADIES AND LEGACIES…

  51. 51

    The song is 1000% Dolly Parton's! She wrote it- that makes it hers. And Whitney didn't make it a hit or put it on the map. Dolly's version went #1 in 1974…and AGAIN in 1982. First time the same version of a country song hit #1 twice. Whitney recorded it, knocked it out of the park, and sold a ton of copies, and exposed it to a wider audience, but it's Dolly's song, plain and simple. She used "ours' in a later statement because she's a classy lady and would never say anything hurtful, even unintentionally. That doesn't stop the press from creating a tempest in a teapot, of course.

  52. 52

    Dolly Parton did not need to apologize. She said NOTHING WRONG. It is HER song. She WROTE IT and she originally RECORDED it and had a hit with it back in 1974, anyone who knows their music KNOWS THIS FACT.
    Yes, Whitney remade it and had phenomenal success with it and took the song to another level but THE FACT remains that it is still HER SONG.
    She owed NO ONE an apology and she has always been gracious in acknowledging Whitney's success with the song.
    Why people had to make her feel like she did or said anything wrong and that it warranted any kind of apology is ABSURD.
    There wouldn't have been I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU if it weren't for DOLLY PARTON.

  53. 53

    Re: weepee – well said ty

  54. 54

    LMFAOOOOO , could someone tell this plastic old hag to shut up. Sweetheart. Whitney made you hunnie…..No one was checking for your version of the song until Whitney made the song #1 for 14 weeks on Billboard…….

    And you morons think Whitney is not getting royalties?? LMFAOOOOOOOOO……Similar structure with Rihanna, who occassionally writes, but takes publishing OFF TOP, regardless if she wrote it or not.

    Who's making the song successful, surely not the songwriters LMFAO!!!! Pair up songwriters with a flop artist and a successful artist. Which song will be the hit? LOL!

  55. Gadea says – reply to this


    Dolly Parton, wrote I'll Always Love you.
    It is Dolly Parton's song.