Sunday 16 June 2019

Top Tens: This week in 1992

Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard
Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard

The original 'I Will Always Love You' was written and recorded by Dolly Parton as a country song for her fourteenth solo album 'Jolene', released in 1974.

She wrote the song to express the remorse she felt over her professional break-up with Porter Wagoner after seven years working on his TV series and road show. It reached No 1 in the US Hot Country Songs chart and hit the top of the same chart when rerecorded and rereleased in 1982 for the soundtrack of the movie 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'.

In 1992 Whitney Houston recorded her version of 'I Will Always Love You' for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, her movie debut, on the suggestion of co-star Kevin Costner who had played her Linda Ronstadt's 1975 cover version as a template. It was a worldwide smash, spending 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US (making it the longest running number one single from a soundtrack), and ten weeks at No 1 in the UK, setting a record for the longest run at the top by a solo female artist.

After Whitney Houston's death in 2012, 'I Will Always Love You' returned to the charts, reaching No 3 in the US, No 10 in the UK, and number 13 in Ireland.

1 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston

2 Heal The World Michael Jackson

3 Would I Lie To You Charles and Eddie

4 Slam Jam WWF Superstars

5 Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Remix) Heaven 17

6 Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda) Rod Stewart

7 I Still Believe In You Cliff Richard

8 Out of Space/Ruff In The Jungle Bizness The Prodigy

9 Could It Be Magic Take That

10 Deeper and Deeper Madonna

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