Entertainment Music Patti LaBelle Says Dolly Parton Offered Her 'I Will Always Love You' Before Whitney Houston "That's how show-business is!" Patti LaBelle said By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 29, 2019 12:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Before Whitey Houston turned Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Love You” into one of the ’90s biggest anthems, Patti LaBelle nearly recorded a cover of it herself. The Godmother of Soul, 75, appeared on Monday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she revealed on the After Show that Parton had offered the song to her before Houston sang it in 1992’s The Bodyguard. “I said to Dolly, ‘Oh yes, I want to do that song, honey!’ ” LaBelle recalled to Cohen. “But before I could say real yes, it was in the movie and Whitney killed it.” “I was so happy Whitney got that song and it just went like it did. But Dolly Parton and I had planned. ‘Patti, you’re going to sing that song,’ ” LaBelle added. “Next! That’s how show-business is!” Patti LaBelle’s Grandkids Love to Sing ‘Lady Marmalade’: ‘This Baby Is Singing Gitchy, Gitchy, Ya, Ya, Da Da!’ Getty (3) Houston, who died in 2012 at the age of 48, would go on to find great success with “I Will Always Love You” — a song Parton originally wrote and recorded in 1973 as a farewell to her former partner, Porter Wagoner. Her version spent 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100; won Houston the 1993 Grammy Award for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance; and is considered one of the best-selling singles of all time. RELATED VIDEO: Patti LaBelle Lets Her Adorable Granddaughters ‘Make a Fool’ of Her Whenever They Want Since then, plenty of other artists have covered “I Will Always Love You,” but LaBelle said she hasn’t out of respect for Whitney. “That was my little girl. She was so phenomenal,” LaBelle raved about Houston, adding that she plans to put the song in her show as a tribute to Houston “one day.” Adria Diane Hughes/INSTARimages Patti LaBelle Shares the Recipe for Her Internet-Famous Sweet Potato Pie Meanwhile, though LaBelle hasn’t yet sung “I Will Always Love You,” she very well could be the one behind a recent Parton cover. Fans have been speculating that LaBelle is one of the mysterious contestants on season 2 of Fox’s The Masked Singer — specifically the Flower, who sang Parton’s “9 to 5” during her first outing on the show. Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen airs weekdays (11 p.m. ET) on Bravo.