“I Will Always Love You” is a song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The country track was released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene (1974).
In 1992, singer Whitney Houston recorded the song for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, her film debut. Houston was originally to record Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” as the lead single from The Bodyguard. However, when it was discovered the song was to be used for Fried Green Tomatoes, Houston requested a different song and her co-star Kevin Costner brought herLinda Ronstadt’s 1975 version of “I Will Always Love You” from her album Prisoner in Disguise.
Houston’s version was a massive worldwide success, appearing at number 49 on Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.
The single’s music video, credited to Alan Smithee and produced by Rob Newman, begins with the performance of the song Houston gives at the end of The Bodyguard. The video then cuts to Houston in a dark blue suit sitting in an empty theater with the spotlight shining on her, singing of her love. The video is intercut with scenes from The Bodyguard and gives the viewer the experience of reliving the moments with the singer. Because at the time of the video’s shooting Houston was pregnant with her daughter Bobbi Kristina, she is shown only sitting on the theater scenes.