I Wish You Love

Dolly Parton wrote and originally recorded the iconic song ‘I Will Always Love You’ in 1973 and it hit #1 on the country charts the next year.  Parton recorded it again for the soundtrack of her 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and it went to #1 again.  Whitney Houston recorded it in 1992 for The Bodyguard and that reached the top of the pop charts and stayed there for 14 weeks.  Linda Ronstadt also sang this song in 1975.  Elvis Presley wanted the song, but he was denied when his manager Parker demanded that Presley receive a hefty chunk of the publishing rights.  When Dolly heard that Whitney was using Linda Ronstadt’s recording as a template, she called producer David Foster to give him the final verse, which was missing from the Ronstadt version, as she felt it was highly important to the song.  After Houston recorded this, most of the other major artists stayed away from it, probably out of fear that they could not do justice to this song which Whitney now owned.

In 1967, Dolly was invited by country star Porter Wagoner to co-host his TV show, where they became famous for their duets.  However, her huge talent soon eclipsed that of her mentor, and she moved on to bigger things.  She wrote the song for him to show her appreciation for their time together.  Dolly wanted to assert her independence as an artist after years of successful duets with Porter Wagoner.  It was the right move for her career, but the departure caused understandable acrimony between the pair at the time, but this song helped to heal those wounds.  Among its many accolades, the song won two Grammys in 1994 for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.  Dolly’s lyrics sound like a conversation that a person would have in in a breakup, or, if the face-to-face was too difficult, it would make a heartfelt farewell letter.

If I should stay, I would only be in your way
So I’ll go, but I know
I’ll think of you every step of the way
And I will always love you
I will always love you
You, my darling you, hm
Bittersweet memories
That is all I’m taking with me
So, goodbye
Please, don’t cry
We both know I’m not what you, you need
And I will always love you
I will always love you, you
I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of
And I wish to you joy and happiness
But above all this, I wish you love
And I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I, I will always love you
You, darling, I love you
Ooh, I’ll always, I’ll always love you

Written for Love Is In Da Blog where Bee asks us to find a love song that charted in the Top 10 or better.

18 thoughts on “I Wish You Love

      1. Yes she does…I just like simple vocals…I guess that is the reason I’m a Dylan fan…I respect people who can do that…but not overboard.

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      1. I think that is probably a good policy. However, I never felt everybody needs to like what I like so am not bothered if someone says that my favourites are rubbish. In Germany they say ” People and tastes are different” and I’ve learned that a lot of things I didn’t like as a young person changed for me over the years 🙋‍♀️🐝😎

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  1. I always preferred Dolly Parton’s version, though appreciated Whitney Houston’s version even if she seemed a little offkey at the beginning and kept adding bits when you thought it was going to end. Didn;t know that about the final verse though. Good post on a classic Jim.

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      1. We saw WH in concert the year this came out, so a lot of her show was based on the film. Whilst the concert we saw was not that good, this song certainly showed her capability as a ‘belter’ and not just a pretty face.

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