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Dolly Parton

I Didn't Mean to Diss Whitney

'I Will Always Love You' Is OURS

2/17/2012 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dolly Parton
is eating her words after calling "I Will Always Love You" HER song -- despite it being made famous by Whitney Houston -- and now tells TMZ, she's happy to share it with the late R&B legend.

Dolly took a lot of flack after her previous statement following Whitney's death -- "I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song."

But Dolly's loosening her grip on her country classic -- telling us, "I did not know Whitney, nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song “ (emphasis hers).

Dolly adds, "My heart is with Whitney and her family as they lay her to rest ... I Will Always Love You."

Dolly's original version of the song was released in 1974. Whitney famously covered the track in 1992 for "The Bodyguard."


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Wisey is correct , Ms.Parton did write it and she has sang it successfully for years before Houston.Dolly does not wish anything, I am sure; every time that song plays ca-ching goes DPartons bank. I kinda like the way she sings it, like she said it was meant for many kinds of love.With all due respect to Ms. Houston but she never wrote a song, she relied on others to do that and then she put a beautiful voice to them. Leave Parton alone, Houston would not have had the song to sing if not for her and many others.

795 days ago


Dolly deserves her recognition as the creator and writer of the song.
She also was the FIRST to bring it to fame as a #1 hit. Don't DISS and DISCOUNT dolly's artistry!

794 days ago

Not saying    

Dolly wrote it, and sung it first. So it is HERS. Whitney Houston just sang it and made it more popular Dolly made a very nice comment the first time, and there was no need IN ANYONE getting upset. people find problems out of everything. I personally met dolly in person and she is a kind and sweet lady and haters can gtfo.

793 days ago

rickky troutte    

Whitney made it so no one else can top it, but she needed Dolly to write it! IT'S DOLLY'S!!! Whitney's family is overly sensitive and wrong.

780 days ago


It is Dolly's. She wrote it and made it a hit on her own. Twice!

625 days ago
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