There are few artists who have as much respect both as a musician and as a human being as Dolly Parton. Throughput the years, she was won an incalculable number of hearts with her music and her philanthropy. And her recent endeavor has only managed to reinforce that image of her among the hearts of her fans. Parton recently revealed that she used the royalties she earned from Whitney Houston’s cover of ‘I Will Always Love You’ to support a Black neighborhood!
The royalties from the cover are going toward a Black neighborhood in Tennessee
Houston’s version of the song is one of the most recognizable in the industry. Moreover, the cover is so famous that people often mistake it as her original instead of Parton’s. Regardless, the cover has earned her upward of $10 million, which is impressive. However, instead of putting it among her vast riches, she decided to use it for a better cause. She instead invested that money to support a Black neighborhood in Nashville. While talking to Andy Cohen of Yahoo, she said:
I bought my big office complex down in Nashville. 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. 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’.
Since Parton was born in the same state as Nashville (Tennessee), she knows a thing or two about the locals. She referred to people from the neighborhood as “my people,” continuing:
So I just thought this was great, I’m just gonna be down here with her people, who are my people as well. 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’.
What Dolly Parton thinks of the cover of I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
It’s commendable that influential artists like Dolly Parton are trying to bring social change in letter and in spirit. Considering the massive clout she has, it’s possible that other artists will soon follow in her footsteps. Apart from this, Parton also revealed how she felt when she first heard the iconic cover by Whitney Houston. Parton said that she was in awe of Houston and how she pulled off that song by herself. She said:
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. 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.
So far, Whitney Houston’s cover has amassed over one billion views on Instagram. The cover spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the bestselling singles of all time. And now, it’s good to know that part of those proceeds are being spent on a good cause.