The country icon released the song in 1974, before receiving a famous cover from Whitney Houston in 1992 for a romantic thriller. The bodyguard.
Parton revealed that Elvis also wanted to record a version of her hit, but she turned it down for the money.
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Writing in The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self, she explained, “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 legendary manager) called me the afternoon before the session and said, ‘You know we have to have at least half the posts on 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’. ”
Parton 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 had everything ready and ready to go. I know he loved the song.
Speaking of Presley’s wife for six years, Parton said: “Priscilla later told me he sang that song to her when they walked down the courthouse steps after their divorce. It really touched me and I thought, “Well, I can only imagine”. But it wasn’t his fault.
Parton then chose Presley as her “last conversation” if she could speak to anyone in the story, in order to officially end the feud.
She explained, “I’d probably talk about I’ll always love you and say ‘Hey, I bet you were as disappointed as I was about this and I still dream of you singing that song.’
“I actually even wrote a song called I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night and got an Elvis to 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 this with him.
Parton received widespread praise earlier this month after it was revealed she had funded a COVID-19. The star has been confirmed to have donated $ 1million (£ 753,000) of her own money to help research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since the start of the pandemic.
The research center played a key role in the development of a vaccine from the American biotechnology company Moderna.
After Parton’s role in funding the vaccine was revealed, she said she was “a very proud girl.”
“When I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good and obviously it does!” she says. “Let’s just hope we can find a cure very soon.”
She has also recently been considering getting a duet with Miley Cyrus on her latest album “A Holly Dolly Christmas”.