Dolly Parton opened up about a dispute she had with Elvis Presley and how her decision meant she “cried all night.”
The 74-year-old country icon revealed that she turned down the pop legend when he asked for the opportunity to record a version of his song I Will Always Love You.
The singer released the original recording in 1974 before it was picked up by Whitney Houston for the 1992 film The Bodyguard.
Elvis, known to fans as The King, had also wanted to record a version of the ballad but Dolly had to say no due to a money dispute.
Writing in The Big Issue’s Letter to My Young Self, she said, “I was invited to the studio to meet Elvis and be there when he sang my song.
“It was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me. Who doesn’t love Elvis?
“But then the colonel (Tom Parker, Presley’s manager) called me the afternoon before the session and said ‘You know we have to have at least half of the edit on n’ any song recorded by Elvis? ‘
“And I said, ‘No, I didn’t know that.’ He said, ‘Well, that’s just a rule.’ So I said, ‘Well, that’s not my rule.’
She added, “And I cried all night, because I was so disappointed. It wasn’t Elvis, I loved Elvis. And I’m sure he was as disappointed as I was because he was. had everything arranged and ready to go. I know he loved the song. “
Speaking of Presley’s wife for six years, Parton said: “Priscilla later told me that he sang this song to her when they walked down the courthouse steps after their divorce. It really touched me and I thought ‘Oh well I can only imagine’. But it wasn’t his fault. “
Parton said she would choose Presley as her “last conversation” if she could speak to anyone in the story, in order to clear up the dispute.
She said, “I’d probably talk about I’ll always love you and say ‘Hey, I bet you were as disappointed as I was about it all and I still dream of you singing that song.”
“I actually even wrote a song called I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night and had an Elvis sing it with me and we actually sing ‘I’ll always love you.’
“And someday I’m going to release this track. So I think I would talk to Elvis, and clarify that with him.
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