Dolly Parton used her profits from “I Will Always Love You”.
Parton is known to have written and recorded the song in the 1970s, but it found huge popularity in 1992 when Whitney Houston covered the song from her movie “The Bodyguard”.
His version of “I Will Always Love You” went on to become one of Houston’s biggest hits and undoubtedly earned Parton a pretty dime in royalties.
During a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” Parton was asked what she did with all the money she made from the song, revealing that she had used them to buy an office in a predominantly black community.
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“It was mostly black families and people who lived there,” she recalls. “It was quite a shopping center. And I was like, “This is the perfect place for me, considering it was Whitney. “
She continued: I was just like, ‘It was awesome. I will be here with his people, who are also mine. And so I love the fact that I spent this money at a resort. And I think, ‘This is the house that Whitney built.’ “
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Parton also said she was never asked to sing a duet version of the song with the pop legend, but wished she had such a collaboration.
“I was never asked to play that with Whitney,” she explained. “I wish that had happened, I would have loved it, but I don’t think I could have come sniffing around with her, though. “
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The “9 to 5” star joked: “She would have sung me better on that one, that’s for sure. “
Parton wrote the song as a farewell to his longtime business partner, Porter Wagoner.
According to Forbes, Parton earned $ 10 million in royalties for “I’ll Always Love You,” which continues to earn him money today.