Elvis Presley was refused Dolly Parton song – ‘Everybody will use you if they can’
Throughout his career, Elvis Presley performed and recorded a number of songs from other artists. Dolly Parton was one of the most prolific songwriters at the time and the Nine To Five star had penned a track that had intrigued the King of Rock and Roll. However, the singer would not let Elvis buy the rights to it.
In the 1970s Elvis wanted to record Dolly’s 1974 song I Will Always Love You – but there was a catch.
Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, asked for half of Dolly’s publishing rights to the track.
Speaking in a new interview, Dolly revealed: “I said: ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t give you the publishing.’
“I wanted to hear Elvis sing it, and it broke my heart – I cried all night. But I had to keep that copyright in my pocket.”
The singer added: “You have to take care of your business! Everybody’s going to use you if they can.” (Via W Magazine)