Dolly Parton hailed ‘extraordinary’ Elvis after death and guessed his future had he lived
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When Elvis Presley died in 1977 at the age of just 42, the world was in shock. A year later, his contemporary Dolly Parton shared her thoughts on his short but impactful life. The Country music star said: “He touched people’s lives in a lot of ways.”
Speaking with Playboy in 1978, Dolly said: “He was the sex symbol of the world and when he started gainin’ weight and gettin’ fat, he lost a lot of his glamour to a lot of people.
“I always thought his manager was brilliant, as well. They built that mystery up about him.
“When he started losin’ his glamour and doin’ those concerts, he became more ordinary. That’s when they started publishing all the things about him.”
She thought that after a while people realised that Elvis was just another person who just happened to be really talented.
Dolly added: “Thin people realised that he was not a god of any sort, but he was just an extraordinary human bein’.
“I think if he hadn’t died when he did, within the next five years he wouldn’t have been a hero at all, because he was talked about too much, seen too much. That’s how cruel public can be.”
Asked if there would ever be another performer with the stature of Elvis, the Country singer said: “I don’t think it will be soon, I don’t think it will be anythin’ you and me will ever see.”
But when it came to a female Elvis she was open to the idea, guessing the interviewer might now ask her if she would be.
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Dolly said: “That is possible. I think there is due a person, a female, which there has never been.
“A person of that type, with that great magnetism and that great mysterious thing, that great love, that charisma and magic to draw people to her, that can help people in many ways just through her music.
“Yes, I think that a female is due, I do. And your next question: Do I think it is me?” The reporter, seeing her face, replied: “You’re the one smiling.”
She replied: “Well, let me say, I would never be an Elvis, and I would never want to be Elvis.”
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Dolly added: “But I would like to be a person truly loved enough to be able to have that much of an impact on people as far as bein’ able to guide them or help them or let them see that you’re caring.”
The Country star famously turned down Elvis’ manager who wanted The King to cover her song I Will Always Love You.
The reason being was that she wanted to hold onto the publishing rights, but she still ended up crying all night for not collaborating with the star.
Nevertheless, she would go on to make millions from Whitney Houston’s cover of the song for The Bodyguard in 1992.
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