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Wilco Frontman Says Dolly Parton Shouldn’t Have Penned ‘I Will Always Love You’

Wilco Frontman Says Dolly Parton Shouldn’t Have Penned ‘I Will Always Love You’

Dolly Parton slander is rarely tossed around in public but Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy “went there” on Tuesday night.

Tweedy just released a memoir titled World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music. In it, he talks about some songs that don’t strike him as good. Parton’s I Will Always Love You gets raked over hot coals by Tweedy.

The singer made a stop on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS. He shared his opinion about this one specific song from the Parton songbook.

“The book would’ve sounded really silly if I didn’t take ownership of some things that aren’t for me,” Tweedy said, “and one of them is ‘I Will Always Love You.’”

Wilco Singer’s Admission Stuns Audience

When Tweedy admitted this to the Ed Sullivan Theater audience, a notable gasp floated through the air, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“You hate Dolly Parton,” Colbert said jokingly. “That’s what you just said. You said Dolly Parton has no talent is what you said Jeff Tweedy.”

“No, I love Dolly,” Tweedy said. “All I know is that she wrote ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the same day and I think she should’ve stopped after ‘Jolene.’”

What is it about this song that ticks Tweedy off so much? For him, it all goes to the song’s chorus when Parton holds the “I” a bit longer. “It’s obviously me, because I think that people have a natural kind of inclination to reject things that they can’t do,” Tweedy said. “And I can’t hold a note for very long, so that song is dead to me.”

While the Parton snub is noticeable, other musical acts’ songs made the Tweedy hit list. He’s not a fan of Joni Mitchell’s incredible Both Sides Now. And he can also do without the Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man.

Parton has not responded to Tweedy’s comments. She seems to be the type of performer, though, who might understand about a person having different tastes. Tweedy did say that he loved Dolly, so it might be a single song he’s not interested in at all.

Dolly Parton Stays Busy With Music Career

Meanwhile, Parton has been busy with her latest album Rockstar. On there, she performs some rock classics with other bands or singers involved. She’s also a relatively new member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Parton’s songwriting abilities have long been a great staple of her career.

After getting some recognition from teaming with Porter Wagoner, Parton found success on her own. She’s teamed with others, though, over the years. Of course, Parton fans still love hearing her sing Islands in the Stream with Kenny Rogers.

We don’t know if Tweedy has issues with these numbers. He’s pretty headstrong, though, about which song of Dolly’s that doesn’t hit on all cylinders for him.

Parton has 25 No. 1 hit songs to her credit, including Tweedy’s not-so-favorite song. Others in there include Here You Come Again, 9 to 5, Jolene, and Tennessee Homesick Blues. Other bands that Tweedy has been involved with include Uncle Tupelo, Golden Smog, Loose Fur, Tweedy, and Boxhead Ensemble.