Dolly comments on Whitney Houston’s Death: Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, “Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.” My heart is with Whitney and her family as they lay her to rest. I did not know Whitney nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song “I Will Always Love You”. Rest in peace, Whitney. – Dolly Parton
“I Will Always Love You” is a song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The country track was released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene (1974). Recorded on June 13, 1973, the singer wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. “I Will Always Love You” received positive comments from critics and attained commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart two times. With the accomplishment, Parton became the first artist ever to earn a number one record twice with the same song as a singer, and three times as a writer. “I Will Always Love You” is the second song ever to reach the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 in separate chart runs.
Dolly is the featured cover story of this week’s issue of Country Weekly, available on newsstands now. In the article, Dolly discusses her close personal relationships with husband Carl Dean and best friend Judy Ogle saying “I believe with all of my heart that God puts people together for whatever his reasons are. And I’m just thankful for it. I believe it and I’m gonna believe it from now on.” Dolly also talks about her new 9 To 5 Broadway musical and the world’s current economic troubles saying “This show really is uplifting and it’s a perfect show for the times. Because people are always gonna be workin’, they’re gonna always despise their boss, no matter who it is. And so there’s always going to be that element.” Read the full online version of the article on the Country Weekly website and get the full issue on newsstands now.
Introducing Peter Carruthers to the Independent Artists Online Music World: Peter has lived off the Web since 2000. He has lived in Australia, England, and South Africa, and since 2009 he has lived in Norway. He is the author of South Africa’s best selling book on surviving business closure: CrashProof your Business. (It’s also the only book on the subject published in SA!) Peter has published PetesWeekly most weeks since 2000. Peter will now supply us with his free column every week for those maybe interested in reading about money matters. We are publishing this just to give you another perspective on how to deal with matters concerning your small business and related matters. The suggestions published here may not work for you in your part of the world but there will be many similarities that may help you one way or another.