What a way to give back!
In a recent interview, Dolly Parton revealed that she invested the money she made from one of her classic songs in a Black community.
Parton penned one of her greatest hits, “I Will Always Love You,” alongside her ex, Porter Wagoner in 1973. The late Whitney Houston covered the song in 1992 and it was featured in the hit film, “The Bodyguard.”
According to reports, Parton made $10 million from the monster hit. During her appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” with host Andy Cohen, she shared the best purchase she’s made from her royalties.
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“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,” explained Parton. “It was off the beaten path from 16th Avenue and I thought, ‘Well, I am gonna buy this place — the whole strip mall.’ And I thought, ‘This is the perfect place for me to be,’ considering it was Whitney.”
She gave all credit to Whitney Houston for making the song a success.
“I thought this was great – I’m just gonna be down here with her people, who are my people as well,” she continued. “So I just love the fact that I spent that money on a complex and I think, ‘This is the house that Whitney built.'”
Whitney Houston went on to win a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song. It also served as her 10th #1 hit which spent 14 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, breaking a new record at the time.
Now, this is how you use your power to give back!
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