Dolly Parton, who originally wrote and recorded the biggest hit I Will Always Love You, is set to earn millions of dollars since the Whitney Houston’s death.
Having already made a large amount of money from Whitney Houston’s smash hit version of I Will Always Love You, country singer Dolly Parton is set to earn millions more dollars since the death of the legendary singer last Saturday.
Originally co-written and recorded in 1973, the song was a modest success for Dolly Parton. The song was then revived by Whitney Houston in 1992 when it was included on the soundtrack of her romantic thriller The Bodyguard, in which she starred alongside Kevin Costner.
I Will Always Love You soared straight to the top of the charts where it spent 10 weeks at number one – making Whitney Houston the record-holder for the longest time spent at the top spot by a solo female artist in Britain.
Dolly Parton has previously commented on the large amount of money she has made in royalties due to Whitney Houston’s version – joking in an interview with CNN last month that it had allowed her to buy “a lot of cheap wigs”.
According to figures from the Official Chart Company, I Will Always Love You is due to enter the charts at number 10 this Sunday. Its popularity has also been fuelled by actress Jennifer Hudson’s tribute performance of the track at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Whitney Houston’s other hits One Moment In Time, Saving All My Love For You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, My Love Is Your Love, How Will I Know and I Have Nothing are also expected to appear in the Top 40, with a total of 27 singles by Houston appearing in the Top 200.
On Whitney Houston’s death, Dolly Parton commented: “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, <<Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.>>”