One of the highest-rated and top-selling songs in world history, this legendary tune is one that nearly every person has heard at least once in their life, and is a true testament to the powerful impact a single piece of music can have on the world.
Written and recorded by country music legend, Dolly Parton, back on June 13th, 1973, “I Will Always Love You” was penned as a way to say goodbye to Porter Wagoner when Parton decided to leave his long-running variety show in pursuit of other things in the music industry.
Initially, Parton’s own recording of the track was a huge commercial success, but when pop icon Whitney Houston recorded her own version for the soundtrack of 1992’s The Bodyguard, it launched the song to entirely new heights.
Parton has often credited Houston with fueling the fire behind the song and attaining success with her recording that many never thought possible. Often, Parton will have fun with it and say that she doesn’t mind giving Houston the credit, because Parton is the one getting the royalties.
We have collected five unforgettable performances of this iconic tune that each carry something special. Check them all out below and let us know what you think!
1. Dolly Parton’s Chilling Live Performance
In an exclusive televised concert, Parton completely stuns CMT viewers with an emotional and soul-piercing performance.
2. Whitney Houston Amazes The 1994 Grammy Awards
Delivering one of the most-treasured and memorable performances of this song, the late pop songstress took to the stage during the 36th Annual Grammy Awards and stole the show.
3. Young Girl Fights For Her Dream With Tearful Tribute To Mom Who Passed
With all the spots already taken, Keira Weathers pulled out all the stops and broke down in tears on stage during one of the most emotional and powerful performances the X-Factor judges had ever seen.
She reveals that her late mother used to sing “I Will Always Love You” to her regularly, and she was singing so she could share this moment with her.
Carrie Underwood’s Heartfelt Tribute To Dolly’s Inspiration
Taking the title of her album and tour to a whole new level, Carrie Underwood decided to sing a song that “told a story”. Her dazzling live performance was simply flawless, and the audience roared with applause as she moved through each magical verse.
5. Vince Gill & Dolly Parton Steal Your Heart With Priceless Duet
Two of country music’s biggest names joined voices (and hands) for a harmonious duet that rocked the very core of musicians everywhere. The moment was unforgettable, the song was timeless, and the artists were legendary. Could you ask for a better pairing?