It’s one of the most famous songs of all time – first created by Dolly Parton in 1973 and covered by Whitney Houston in 1992 for the movie The Bodyguard.
Now Houston’s version of I Will Always Love You is being certified diamond in the United States.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a single earns a diamond award when it reaches 10 times platinum – that’s 10 million sales and streaming units in the US, as these days streams are counted by the RIAA.
While Dolly’s original version achieved a lot of success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1974 and again in 1982, Houston made the song her own.
Her rendition of the song was released in 1992 to coincide with her motion picture debut, when she starred alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard.
I Will Always Love You was featured on the movie’s soundtrack.
After spending 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, The Bodyguard‘s soundtrack dominated the Grammys the following year. Houston took home the awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
And the song re-entered the charts following Houston’s tragic death in 2012.
Parton has been a long-time strong supporter of Houston’s version, and has spoken in interviews about its great success.
“For it still to be considered one of the greatest love songs ever, I take great pride in that and I’m very humbled by it, but she did an incredible job on that,” Dolly Parton recently told ET Canada.
Houston has joined an exclusive club, as there has been less than 100 singles to have made diamond status in the US. This includes Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.
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Written by Jackson Miller