Dolly Parton discusses her new festive album
Dolly Parton celebrates her 75th birthday today after an incredible 65 years in show business as the Queen of Country music. Famously, she turned down the opportunity for Elvis Presley to cover her hit 1973 song I Will Always Love You. But now Dolly intends to record her track about making up with The King and singing a duet together.
The reason Dolly turned down Elvis was because The King’s manager Colonel Tom Parker’s insisted his client have up to half the publishing rights.
However, the young Country singer refused as she wanted the royalties to support her in her old age.
Dolly said she ended up crying all night but didn’t regret the decision as made a fortune from Whitney Houston’s 1992 cover of I Will Always Love You.
Nevertheless, the 75-year-old wishes she could have settled things straight with Elvis before his death in 1977 and ended up having a dream where this happened.
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Dolly turned her dream into a song called I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night, which she’s only ever performed live in concert.
But now, as mentioned, the Queen of Country has plans to record and release her catchy tribute to The King, in which she duets I Will Always Love You with an Elvis impersonator.
Writing in The Big Issue’s Letter to My Younger Self last year, the 75-year-old wrote: “Priscilla [Presley] told me later that he sang that song to her when they were coming down the steps of the courthouse after they divorced. That really touched me.”
While adding of her I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night song: “And one day, I’m going to put that track out. So I think that I’d talk to Elvis, and just clear that up with him.”
The lyrics for Dolly’s Elvis song go: “Last night I dreamed of Elvis, he was standing in the light.
“Looking radiant and beautiful just like he did in life.
“I said, ‘E, it’s good to see you, you look so healthy and at peace.’
The Elvis impersonator then replies: “Y’know I’m really happy here, how’s things Tennessee?”
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Dolly continues: “Well I told him we all missed him, that the whole world loved the King.”
Before Elvis gets down on one knee and says: “Y’know if things were different I’d ask you to wear my ring!”
After asking if she could call him El, Dolly says: “Am I just dreaming?”
The duo then launches into the chorus before Dolly sings to Elvis how she wished he had sung one of her own songs.
Elvis replies: “I almost did one of yours, the one about true love.”
And in the end, Dolly and The King sing a brief duet of I Will Always Love You.
Dolly’s latest album is 2020’s A Holly Dolly Christmas, which includes duets with stars like Michael Bublé and Miley Cyrus.
The record is the 75-year-old’s 47th solo studio album and third Christmas album.
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