Dolly Parton Used Royalties From Whitney Houston’s Hit To Invest In Black Community

Houston's version, which became one of the all-time biggest singles, earned Parton, who is also a world-class songwriter in addition to being a singer, around $10 million in royalties in the 1990s, and the checks continue to come.

Dolly Parton Used Royalties From Whitney Houston's Hit To Invest In Black Community-SurgeZirc UK
Dolly Parton And Whitney Houston/Photo File; Facebook

Dolly Parton will always love Whitney Houston! For one reason, Parton was so taken with Whitney Houston’s haunting performance of her 1973 song “I Will Always Love You” in Houston’s 1992 film “The Bodyguard” that she told Oprah Winfrey last year that she had to pull over the car she was driving so she wouldn’t crash it.

Houston’s version, which became one of the all-time biggest singles, earned Parton, who is also a world-class songwriter in addition to being a singer, around $10 million in royalties in the 1990s, and the checks continue to come.

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Parton had a brilliant idea for how to spend the money: she donated it to a Black community in Nashville. “I bought my big office complex down in Nashville,” she told Andy Cohen on Thursday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live” (via Yahoo). “So I thought, ‘well this is a wonderful place to be.’”

“I bought a property down in what was the Black area of town, and it was mostly just Black families and people that lived around there,” she continued. “And it was off the beaten path from 16th Avenue and I thought, ‘Well I am going to buy this place, the whole strip mall.’ And thought, ‘This is the perfect place for me to be,’ considering it was Whitney.”

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“So I just thought this was great, I’m just gonna be down here with her people, who are my people as well,” Parton said. “And so I just love the fact that I spent that money on a complex. And I think, ‘This is the house that Whitney built.’”

Parton recalls hearing Houston’s version of the song for the first time last November while participating on Apple TV+’s “The Oprah Conversation.”

She claimed she heard the song on the radio while driving and didn’t realize it was her song at first. “I was shot so full of adrenaline and energy, I had to pull off because I was afraid that I would wreck, so I pulled over quick as I could to listen to that whole song,” Parton told Winfrey, according to Yahoo. “I could not believe how she did that. I mean, how beautiful it was that my little song had turned into that, so that was a major, major thing.”

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