by Alisha Jackson
During this week in 1992, Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” hit number one on the Hot 100 Billboard chart and stayed there for a staggering fourteen weeks. Did you know that her hit re-charted after her death in 2012 at number 3? The only other song to ever re-chart in Billboard’s Hot 100 top 3 at separate times was Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” which reached number 1 in both 1960 and 1962.
Here are some more throwback tidbits you may not have known about the song!
Throwback Tidbits for Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”:
1. Whitney’s version was a cover.
While most people know that Whitney wasn’t the first person to release “I Will Always Love You”, younger generations may not know that Dolly Parton had chart-topping success with the single first. Not only was it recorded by Dolly, but she also wrote and composed to the tune.
2. She almost recorded “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” instead.
Originally, Houston was set to record “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” for the film Bodyguard. Luckily, Houston requested a different song when she found out that it was going to be in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. The alternative song “I Will Always Love You” was brought to her attention by her co-star Kevin Costner.
3. You won’t find Whitney standing in the music video.
Outside of the scenes taken from The Bodyguard, have you ever noticed that Whitney is always sitting in the music video? It’s because she was pregnant with her daughter Bobbi Kristina at the time.
4. It’s the longest-running number one single from a soundtrack.
(Warner Home Video)
To this day, “I Will Always Love You” still holds the record for longest-running number one single from a soundtrack.
5. Houston’s record label didn’t think a song with an a cappella intro would be successful.
Whitney and Kevin Costner insisted on keeping the intro a cappella. Can you imagine music behind the iconic opening of the song?
Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 1992 hit, “I Will Always Love You”! Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!