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Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner’s relationship was strained from the start. Wagner was not used to working with someone who had his own ideas of how things should be done. As time passed, the atmosphere porter wagner show Parton’s star power grew more tense as he grew. The “Jolene” singer could only take so much.
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From the time that Parton was a young girl singing in tin cans on a stick on her front porch (pretending it to be a microphone), she wanted to be a headliner. The plan was never to be part of a pair.
“I’ve always dreamed of being my own star, having my own band, and doing my own thing,” he wrote in his 2020 book. Dolly Parton, songwriter: My Life in Lyrics. “But it was such a great opportunity to work with Porter. I initially told Porter that I would be there for five years.
She was seven. Wagner had a hard time letting her go (even though he didn’t like all the attention he got on his show).
“When we started singing hit duets and their show became a huge success, a lot of it was because of me,” he wrote. “I was getting a following, and they didn’t like it very much. I wanted to move on with my life. I didn’t want to be known as the ‘girl singer’ in someone else’s band.
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Parton told Wagner: “I have to go. I want to start my own show.” But he will say, “You can’t go. You can’t do this to me because of what I’ve done for you.”
“Or he will try to win the argument by being mean and hateful,” Parton wrote. “Or by trying to drag the journey of guilt over me.”
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Like Parton, Wagner was stubborn. He didn’t let her go (though, later, she said that he fired her because she didn’t like his character).
“Eventually, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to win an argument with this guy. He’s not going to listen to me. He’s just going to fight and fight. But I’m going,’ one way or another. Others,’” Parton wrote.
‘I will always love you’
So Parton did what she does best. She wrote a song to describe her feelings, which hopefully convinces her partner to let her go.
“So I went home and wrote this song about bitter memories,” she wrote. “I said, ‘If I must stay, I will only be in your way.’ But I should have said, ‘You’ll only be in’ My Way.’ Ha-ha Seriously, we were in each other’s way. He was trying to control something that couldn’t be controlled, and that was making him sad and me sad.”
Parton writes “i will always love you“Was an emotional experience -” I was crying while I was writing this.
“The song came straight from the bottom of my heart,” she wrote. “All those feelings, all those thoughts, all the things we went through, all the things we were with each other, all the things we did with each other, it was all in one song.”
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Once she was done, she returned to Wagner’s office and sang to him. He started crying.
“He got it,” she wrote. “He said, ‘This is the best song you’ve ever written. And you can go, if I can produce that song.’”
Parton told him it was a deal.
After the “9 to 5” singer left, their relationship soured again. Wagner sued Parton and slammed him in the press. But, for the time being, “it broke the tension.” And, it let him go.