Dolly Parton singing her song 'I Will Always Love You" in 1974 (Screen capture from video)
Leave it to TMZ's Harvey Levin to stir up controversy where there wasn't any. After Whitney Houston's death, singer/songwriter Dolly Parton posted this on her blog:
"Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed."
To be sure, as Kevin Costner noted during Houston's funeral Saturday, Houston turned Parton's "little country song" into a mega-hit. But the song is Parton's - she wrote it and originally sang it in 1974 on the show of her musical partner Porter Wagoner with whom she was splitting. Parton sent TMZ a statement saying, "I did not know Whitney, nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song."