Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” was made famous worldwide by Whitney Houston after it appeared on The Bodyguard soundtrack. The song was played during Whitney’s funeral. Dolly told Fox 411 Country that hearing the song play during the funeral was her breaking point.
“The fact that they used it at her funeral just killed me,” Dolly said. “That’s when I really lost it. I was shocked and hurt and disheartened when she passed, but it was one of those things where I hadn’t really fell down and wept over it. But when they lifted her coffin and started playing that song, man it just stabbed me in the heart. I just boo-hoo’d for every single reason – her loss, the fact that it was our song, and I was also thinking that was probably what they’d be playing at my funeral too! It was such an overwhelming emotion.”
Dolly said she and Whitney will forever have the link of “I will Always Love You” between them. “I will always think of this song as mine and Whitney’s song because I had a number one record on it myself, and had a duet with Vince Gill on the song, but it was Whitney who took it worldwide,” Dolly said. “So I’ll always be very proud of that, and grateful.”
Dolly just released An Evening With Dolly exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores. The two-disc DVD and CD set, taped during a sold-out show at London’s O2 arena, gives fans a front row seat as Dolly performs some of her most popular songs like “Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5” and “Jolene.” It also includes a live performance of “I Will Always Love You.”