The story behind “I Will Always Love You”, from Dolly Parton to Whitney Houston

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Today’s episode is very special, because we’ll take a look at Whitney Houston’s most successful song. It’s special because this week, on August 9th, Whitney would have turned 57 years old.

We’re taking a look at a love song that’s not dedicated to a lover, a country song that became an international pop-R&B smash, a song whose most famous cover was not supposed to happen… a song that was actually supposed to be covered by another artist, and a song that was revived following the death of its most recognized singer. This is the story of today’s episode… A song that reminded us to let go when we know we’re not the right fit for another person, a song that has become a number 1 single in three consecutive decades, and the most successful movie song ever in music history. It doesn’t matter how old you are, we’ve all listened to this song but most of us probably have never heard the original version.

If you’ve fallen in love, or out of love, you have certainly dedicated this song or have cried in your bedroom while reminiscing that certain someone. If you’ve tried this song on a karaoke night, you better have an amazing mezzo-soprano voice, otherwise you’d make a fool of yourself.

Whitney Houston’s signature song has transcended generations and it has even made us forget that this is a cover of another powerful female artist who last year was even the subject of a podcast.

Welcome to Uncovering the Cover, the podcast where we tell the stories of the songs that have captured our imagination… throughout several generations. I’m your host Diego Pinzón… and today we’re reliving the story of a song that has connected two of the most successful female artists in history, one of them who would have turned 57 years old this week. 

This is Uncovering the Cover: I Will Always Love You, from Dolly Parton to Whitney Houston.

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