Dolly Parton “cried all night long” after rejecting Elvis Presley’s request to record a cover of ‘I Will Always Love You’.
The 74-year-old singer released the song in 1974, but she declined Elvis’ request to record a cover amid a dispute over money.
In The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self, she shared: “I’d been invited down to the studio to meet Elvis and be there when he sang my song. That was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me. Who doesn’t love Elvis?
“But then Colonel (Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager) called me the afternoon before the session and said ‘You do know we have to have at least half the publishing on any song that Elvis records?’
“And I said ‘No, I did not know that’. He said ‘Well, it’s just a rule’. So I said ‘Well, it’s not my