Jan 272008
 

From I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (single)
Written by Dolly Parton

Whitney Houston beautifully sang Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” for the soundtrack of the1993 blockbuster movie, “The Bodyguard.” It is one of the most popular and successful songs ever. Produced by David Foster, “I Will Always Love You” reached the top of the international charts by selling over ten million copies worldwide. The song was certified platinum four times in the US where it kept the #1 Billboard spot for fourteen weeks making it Arista Records’ biggest hit. It also brought home several Grammy Awards including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

Foster’s smart pop/soul arrangement was built around Houston’s show-stopping performance. Houston’s famous a capella intro gently opens the song and sets the atmosphere. The word perfection isn’t too much to describe the beauty of Houston’s emotional performance, the craft of the musical scenario created by Foster’s trademark keyboards with smooth strings plus Kirk Whalum’s sexy saxophone adds flavor to the mix.

“I Will Always Love You” is a milestone for pop music. In 2007, The United World Chart elected Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” as the most successful song ever released by a female artist and the 6th highest selling single of all-time. Recently, Foster and Houston have been back in the studio working on a song for the singer’s forthcoming comeback album.


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Lead Vocals: Whitney Houston
Keyboards: David Foster
Saxophone: Kirk Whalum
Vocals Arranged by Whitney Houston
Conductor: Ricky Minor
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

If I should stay
I would only be in your way
So I’ll go, but I know
I’ll think of you each step of the way
And I will always love you
I will always love you
Bittersweet memories
That is all I am taking with me
Good-bye, please don’t you cry
Cause we both know I’m not what you need
But I will always love you
I will always love you
I hope life (I hope life)
Treats you kind (treats you kind)
And I hope you have all you dream of
I wish you joy (I wish you joy)
And happiness (and happiness)
But above all this, I wish you love, oh
And I will always love you
I will always love you
Yes, I will always love you
I will always love you