Beyoncé attempts to slay a Dolly Parton country classic YouTube

Dolly Parton sure made history when she penned“I Will Always Love You.” The song, that seems to pop up every so often, has been covered by countless artists — most notably Whitney Houston.

Now, Beyoncé has put her own mark on the iconic ballad.

“That’s just one of those songs that’s the gift that keeps on giving,” says Dolly at a recent press conference in Nashville, “It’s so simple, and so singable, and it touches people in so many ways.”

On March 5, Beyoncé threw a surprise performance at the early educations 75th anniversary gala in Los Angeles – the place where her 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, goes to school. Although, Queen Bey has covered the Smokey Mountain Songbird’s song before, this concert wasn’t your typical gathering for a tiger printed-dress-wearing Beyoncé.

However, she still dazzled the crowd.

“I Will Always Love You” never would have seen the light of day had it not been for Dolly. In 1973, the songstress wrote the smash hit as a farewell to Porter Wagoner – her longtime career partner.

As for Dolly’s thoughts on the diva’s coer she says, “Let them girls keep on singing it. I don’t care who claims it. I always said it could be Whitney’s song – she could have the credit, as long as I get the cash!”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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