In 1992 Whitney Houston releases the smash hit “I Will Always Love You”

One of the 1990’s most memorable ballads by the singer

In 1992 Whitney Houston releases the smash hit “I Will Always Love You”

On November 3, 1992, R&B singer Whitney Houston released “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard”, her film debut. Originally Houston recorded Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” as the lead single for The Bodyguard. However, when it was discovered the song was to be used for the film Fried Green Tomatoes, Houston requested a different song. Her co-star Kevin Costner would suggest “I Will Always Love You”, based on Linda Ronstadt’s 1975 version from her album “Prisoner in Disguise”. However, Dolly Parton originally wrote and recorded the song in 1973 for the album “Jolene”. Parton’s version of “I Will Always Love You” was a commercial success. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart twice. It first reached number one in June 1974, and then in October 1982, with her re-recording on the soundtrack of the movie version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, making Parton the first singer ever to achieve the number one position twice with the same song. Houston’s version spent 14 weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100, which at the time was a record. It became Houston’s longest run at number one, surpassing her previous record of three weeks with the “Greatest Love of All” in 1986. It is also the longest-running number one single from a soundtrack album. It won the 1994 Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, her third award for this category after earlier awards in 1986 and 1988. “I Will Always Love You” re-entered the charts in 2012 after Houston’s death, making it the second single ever to reach the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 in separate chart runs.

Look back at the 1992 music video for “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

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