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!
"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."
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.
[Images via WENN.]
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