Dolly Said No to Elvis

27 February 2018

The title of this song by Mark Nevin with animation by Heather Colbert does sound like the King tried to take advantage of Ms Parton – and that is true but perhaps not quite in the way you might think.  In fact, Elvis’ manager Tommy Parker wanted to take 50% royalties from the sales of one of Dolly’s songs if she gave it to Elvis to record.  She, wisely, said no.  Years later a young singer by the name of Whitney Houston gave I Will Always Love You a new lease of life – and this song tells the tale.

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