The legend that is Dolly Parton has revealed she used the royalties from Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You" to invest in a historically Black neighbourhood in Nashville.
"I Will Always Love You" was originally written and recorded by Parton in 1973 before being covered by Whitney Houston in 1992 as part of The Bodyguard soundtrack.
Houston's cover, which is one of the best-selling singles of all time, is thought to have earned Parton millions, and on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the iconic country artist was asked about the best thing she bought with the royalties from "I Will Always Love You", leading her to explain that she invested the money in a Black neighbourhood in Nashville.
Parton told Cohen, "I bought my big office complex down in Nashville, and so I thought, ‘Well, this is a wonderful place to be'."
She continued, "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 ... I thought, ‘This is the perfect place for me to be’, considering it was Whitney, so I just thought, ‘This is great, I’m just going to be down here with her people, who are my people as well'."
Parton added, "I love the fact that I spent that money on a complex and I think, 'This is the house that Whitney built'."