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Encyclopedia > I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston version)
"I Will Always Love You"
Image:Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You.jpg
Single by Whitney Houston
From the album The Bodyguard Soundtrack
Single Released October 23, 1992 (USA)
Single Format CD Single
Cassette Single
7" Single
Genre Soul/R&B
Song Length 4:32
Record Label Arista
Writers Dolly Parton
Producer David Foster
Video
Director
Alan Smithee
Certification 4x Platinum
Chart Positions #1 (USA)
#1 (UK)
#1 (France)
#1 (Australia)
#1 (Germany)
#1 (Switzerland)
Whitney Houston single chronology
"I Belong To You"
1992
"I Will Always Love You"
1992
"I'm Every Woman"
1993

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Song Information

The song was originally writtten and performed by Dolly Parton in 1974 and again 1982 for the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The song, a #1 country hit for Parton, was also a modest hit for her, hitting #24 on the pop chart. Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer and actress. ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a 1982 film with Charles Durning. ...


Houston was originally to record "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" as the lead song from The Bodyguard. However, when the producer discovered the song would be used for "Fried Green Tomatoes", he asked her co-star Kevin Costner to find a new song. Originally not wanting to pick a country song, and oldies song (with not much of a country feel to it) would do. Kevin Costner Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is an American film actor and director who has often produced his own films. ...


Chart Information

Houston's career was in decline lately, with the poor sales and critical review of her latest album I'm Your Baby Tonight. The song debuted at #40 on the charts, so many weren't sure if it'd be a hit or miss. It turned out to be a hit as just two short weeks later, "I Will Always Love You" became Houston's 10th #1, holding down the #1 spot for 14 weeks (setting a record at the time, which was eventually broken by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's One Sweet Day). Im Your Baby Tonight is the third album by American R&B singer Whitney Houston, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Mariah Carey on the cover of The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). ... Boyz II Men is a Motown vocal group from Philadelphia, founded in 1988. ... One Sweet Day is a 1995 #1 hit single recorded by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men for the Columbia Records label. ...


The song also dominated other Billboard charts, spending 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales and 10 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay. The song also hit #1 for 5 weeks on the Adult Contemporary Chart, #1 for 11 weeks on the R&B Chart, remained in the Top 40 for 24 weeks (Houston's longest stay to date), and sold over 4 million copies in the US and another 4 million worldwide, making it the third best selling single in the world, the second best selling single in the modern era, the biggest selling commercial single of all time, and the biggest selling single by a female artist(the song is third in terms of sales only to Elton John's Candle in the Wind 1997 and Bing Crosby's "White Christmas") The Hot 100 Single Sales Chart is one of three component charts, along with the Hot 100 Airplay Chart & Hot Digital Songs that determine the chart positions of singles on the Billboard Hot 100. ... The Hot 100 Airplay is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Candle in the Wind is a song with music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin. ... Bing wooed fans with a sensuous voice, wit, and good looks. ... White Christmas has three different meanings: Weather A white Christmas, to most people in the Northern Hemisphere, refers to snowy weather at Christmas, a phenomenon which is far more common in some countries than in others. ...


Internationally, the song was another smash, topping nearly every chart around the world, most noticeably the UK (where it managed 10 weeks at #1), Germany, France, Australia, and Switzerland.


Chart Trajectory

11/14/92 40
11/21/92 12
11/28/92 1
12/5/92 1
12/12/92 1
12/19/92 1
12/26/92 1
1/2/93 1
1/9/93 1
1/16/93 1
1/23/93 1
1/30/93 1
2/6/93 1
2/13/93 1
2/20/93 1
2/27/93 1
3/6/93 2
3/13/93 7
3/20/93 11
3/27/93 16
4/3/93 22
4/10/93 26
4/17/93 28
4/24/93 30
5/1/93 41
5/8/93 49


Awards

Grammy Awards

"I Will Always Love You" at the 1993 Grammy Awards where Houston won 3 awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
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"I Will Always Love You" at the 1993 Grammy Awards where Houston won 3 awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
  • Record of the Year
  • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

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American Music Awards

  • Favorite Pop/Rock Female Single
  • Favorite Soul/R&B Female Single

Billboard Music Awards

  • Top Hot 100 Singles Sales
  • Top Pop Single
  • Top R&B Sales Single
  • Top R&B Single

World Music Awards

  • Song of 1993

MTV Movie Awards

  • Best Song

People's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Female Music Video

Soul Train Music Awards

  • Best Female R&B Single (in 1993 and 1994).

Single Track Listing

1. "I Will Always Love You"
2. "Jesus Loves Me"
3. "Do You Hear (What I Hear)?"


Music Video

The opening for the video is the ending performance of the song Houston gives in The Bodyguard. Afterwards, the video cuts to Houston in a dark blue suit sitting in an empty theatre with the spotlight shining on her, singing of her love. The video is intercut with scenes from The Bodyguard. DVD cover - The Bodyguard The Bodyguard is a 1992 film directed by Mick Jackson, with a script by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. ... DVD cover - The Bodyguard The Bodyguard is a 1992 film directed by Mick Jackson, with a script by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. ...


Comprehensive Charts

"I Will Always Love You" Debuted at #40 on The Billboard Hot 100
"I Will Always Love You" Was Ranked #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 Year End Charts (1993)
"I Will Always Love You" Remained in The Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks


"I Will Always Love You" was Whitney's 10th #1 single on The Billboard Hot 100
"I Will Always Love You" was Whitney's 8th #1 single on The Billboard Hot 100 Airplay
"I Will Always Love You" was Whitney's 9th #1 single on The Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales
"I Will Always Love You" was Whitney's 6th #1 single on The Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
"I Will Always Love You" was Whitney's 9th #1 single on The Billboard Adult Contemporary

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Hot 100 #1 (14 Weeks)
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales #1 (14 Weeks)
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Hot 100 Airplay #1 (11 Weeks)
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks #1 (11 Weeks)
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales #1
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay #19
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Mainstream Top 40 #1
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 #4
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Billboard Adult Contemporary #1 (5 Weeks)
Year Single Chart Position
1992 "I Will Always Love You" UK Singles Chart #1 (10 Weeks)
1992 "I Will Always Love You" ARIA Singles Chart #1 (10 Weeks)
1992 "I Will Always Love You" German Singles Chart #1 (6 Weeks)
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Sweden Top 60 Singles #1
1992 "I Will Always Love You" France Singles Chart #1 (8 Weeks)

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