Did Dolly Parton write “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” on the same day?
What Dolly Parton Had to Say
In an interview with GQ, the legendary singer-songwriter answered a fan question. A fan asked if there is any truth in the rumor that she wrote the two hits in the same day.
“Well I’m not certain,” she admitted. “But I’ll tell ya this, we found an old cassette when we were going through all of my songs going down in my basement. And all of those old cassettes where I had written songs, “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” was on the same cassette.”
“So if I didn’t write it on the same day, it was during that same week or that period of time when I had that particular set in my little player. It was very possible that it happened. I know they’re both on the same album, the Jolene album,” she concluded.
The rumor originated when Parton spoke about the songs during an interview with Bobby Bones in 2017.
Watch the interview, below.
All About ‘I Will Always Love You’
Surprisingly, Parton did not sing the legendary song that was made famous by Whitney Houston. Parton recorded a second version of the hit for her film with Burt Reynolds, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. It went No. 1 on the country charts and reached No. 53 on the Hot 100 for Houston’s version. Houston sang the song in her 1992 film, The Bodyguard.
Ironically, Elvis Presley wanted to sing the song, but he wanted a portion of the publishing rights. Parton did not budge and kept her song’s rights. She shared that she was glad she held out for Houston and the film.
Finally, in 1995, Parton recorded a version of the song with fellow country icon, Vince Gill.