Dolly Parton Nearly Crashed Her Car When She First Heard Whitney Houston Singing ‘I Will Always Love You’

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Dolly Parton talking about the first time she heard Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” will make you say “same.”

Entertainment Weekly recently obtained a first-look at Parton’s appearance on Reese Witherspoon’s new interview series, Shine on with Reese, which celebrates stories of extraordinary women—like Parton.

In the episode, the “Jolene” singer discusses Houston’s impact on the music industry and reveals that she “arrived as a writer” when she first heard “I Will Always Love You” on the radio.

She says, “She took [the song] to so many levels. To think that my little song—my little heartfelt, heartbreaking song—could be that big, I felt that I had arrived as a writer.”

Parton released the original version of “I Will Always Love You” in 1969. Although it was remade by a slew of noteworthy artists over the years, the 72-year-old didn’t hesitate when Kevin Costner asked for permission to use the song in the 1992 film The Bodyguard, which starred Houston.

“I sent it out, totally forgot about it, and then I was driving home and all of a sudden I hear this sound on the radio,” she continued. “I had to pull over lest I should wreck. It was the most overwhelming feeling I’ve ever had.”

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