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Elvis Presley Sang This Iconic Dolly Parton Song to Priscilla After They Got Divorced

Presley was a huge fan of this hit song written by Parton. 

By Jackie Manno

In an August interview with BBC Radio, Dolly Parton revealed a surprising connection that she had with Elvis Presley.

According to Parton, The King was a massive fan of her 1974 hit "I Will Always Love You." 

"Elvis loved the song," Parton said. "In fact, I talked to Priscilla [Presley, Elvis' ex-wife]  not very long ago, and she said 'You know, Elvis sang that song to me when we were walking down the courthouse steps when we got divorced. He was singing to me, I will always love you.'"

The admiration is mutual, as Parton even wrote a song around 20 years ago inspired by Elvis Presley. "I wrote a song called 'I Dreamed About Elvis,'" she revealed. That tune will be featured on Parton's upcoming rock-and-roll album, Rockstar, which drops November 17. 

Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley's mutual love and respect for each other 

"I dreamed that Elvis was singing the song 'I Will Always Love You,' so I wrote a whole song about Elvis," Parton elaborated. 

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Rockstar will feature 30 covers of classic rock-and-roll songs. Miley Cyrus, Pink, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Melissa Etheridge, Sting, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett, Ann Wilson, Elton John, Brandi Carlile, Debbie Harry, Sheryl Crow, Pat Benatar, and others are featured on the project. 

“If I’m gonna be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’m gonna have to do something to earn it. So I’m doing a rock-and roll-album, and I’m having a lot of the rock stars that I met that night be on the album with me,” Parton explained while on The View

Split of Dolly Parton and Elvis

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What to know about Christmas at Graceland

Presley's legacy will live on with this upcoming NBC special Christmas at Graceland. The hour-long special will take place at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee and will feature musicians performing his beloved tunes.

Presley's granddaughter, Riley Keough, will be executive producing the special. “My family and I are elated to open the doors to Graceland in this first-of-its-kind special,” the actress said in a press release. “With intimate musical performances drawing inspiration from my grandfather Elvis’s cherished Christmases in Memphis, viewers will be invited to experience firsthand the magic that is Christmas at Graceland.”

Christmas at Graceland will air on NBC on Wednesday, November 29 at 10 p.m ET/PT. There will be an encore airing of the special on December 21 at 8 p.m. ET. The special will also be available for streaming at the same time on Peacock.