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    11 Fascinating Facts About The Song "I Will Always Love You"

    Whitney Houston almost didn't record her signature song. And Elvis almost owned it.

    1. The song was first released in 1974.

    2. Although it’s a love song about a relationship, it is not about two lovers.

    3. Elvis Presley almost did a cover of the song.

    4. The song went No. 1 twice on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs.

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    The song went to No. 1 when it was originally released in 1974, and again in 1982, when Dolly re-recorded it for the soundtrack to her movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

    This made Parton the first artist to earn a No. 1 record twice with the same song and the same singer (and three times as a writer).

    5. Linda Ronstadt was the first artist to release a cover of the song.

    6. The first inclusion of the song in a film was in 1974.

    7. Whitney Houston was never supposed to record “I Will Always Love You.”

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    Whitney’s cover of the song wasn't supposed to happen; she had originally planned to cover Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" as the theme song for The Bodyguard.

    Early into production, it was discovered that “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” had just been used in the film Fried Green Tomatoes. Kevin Costner (who was also a producer on the film) suggested the song be replaced with "I Will Always Love You,” bringing in Linda Ronstadt's version of the song for Whitney to hear.

    Whitney loved the song and worked with producer David Foster to rearrange the tune into more of pop-soul ballad.

    Of course, the song was a huge hit; it spent a then record 14 weeks at No. 1 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

    "I Will Always Love You" has since become Whitney's signature song.

    8. The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album is the best-selling soundtrack of all time and one of the best-selling albums of all time.

    9. In the early '90s, the tabloids reported that Whitney and Dolly were in a huge feud.

    10. Dolly has always praised Whitney’s version of her song, as it helped introduce her to a new generation.

    11. In 2012, "I Will Always Love You" returned to the Billboard charts.