Dolly Parton’s rejection of Elvis made her a huge fortune
Who would turn down the opportunity to work with Elvis Presley? It turns out that Dolly Parton did it in 1974 when she was embarking on a solo career. The 76-year-old has recounted how she was approached by The King’s ruthless manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Her client wanted to cover one of her songs, but ended up crying.
Speaking about Living and Learning with Reba McEntire, Dolly said: “I was so excited I told everyone. They had called me that Elvis was recording it, and if he wanted to come to the studio. Elvis wanted to meet me and all that.”
But the Colonel told him, “You know, we don’t record anything with Elvis unless we have the release, or at least half of the release.” She responded: “Well that sheds a new light on this because I can’t give you half the post. I will leave that to my family. I can not do this.
The infamously uncompromising manager told him that The King couldn’t cover the song without those terms, but the Country star remained relentless and broke down in tears.
Dolly shared: “I cried all night. Oh, I just pictured Elvis singing it. And I know Elvis loved it. And I know it wasn’t him, but it’s true. I said no.”
She told CMT: “I always wondered what it would sound like. I know it would kill him. No? He would have killed him.
The song in question was I Will Always Love You, which the King would end up singing to his ex-wife Priscilla Presley as they left a courthouse after their divorce. But in the end, the country singer’s decision paid off years later.
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Dolly later said that although she turned down The King’s offer for half of the royalties: “When Whitney [Houston’s version] came out, I made enough money to [have been able to] buy Graceland.
Bodyguard’s version re-entered the charts late after Houston’s untimely death at just 48 in 2012. But even though it all worked out for the Country star, he still wished he’d met Elvis, which he ended up getting inspired by. in a song that closed the story. affair.
Long after Elvis’s death in 1977, Dolly wrote a song called I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night, which she performs at her live shows. In the song, which the 76-year-old singer hopes to record one day, Ella Dolly shares the stage with an Elvis impersonator with whom she reconciles and later sings I Will Always Love You as a duet.
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