51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 23: Sarah Washington – I Will Always Love You

One of my dreams is to have a number one hit single. Yes, I said number one. Ain’t going to happen, Hugh, not with my singing voice, but we can all but dream, can’t we? I may have never been approached to record a song, but I do have what I call a ‘claim to fame’ in the music industry. Hold on tight while I whizz us off, in Hugh’s music time machine, to the year 1993. I shall reveal all there.

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Yes, I had a brief touch of fame back in 1993. No, I did not appear in a music video or in a backing group or, for that matter, played a musical instrument, but I did actually know somebody who produced a hit record. In fact, I worked (part-time) for that producer, selling records on a record stall. Is that really a claim to fame, Hugh? Maybe not, but it is for me as I don’t think I’ll ever get around to recording that hit record. Here’s this week’s featured song, which I had pleasure in selling lots of copies of.

‘I Will Always Love You’ is a better-known song for an artist who will feature later on in this series but, little-known, Sarah Washington did a Disco Hi-NRG version of the song which climbed the U.K singles charts to number 12. Not bad, considering that many radio stations in the U.K did not play the track. The U.K was the only country the single was released, and although Sarah was keen to sing and went on to release a few more singles, this was her biggest hit.

I do love the other versions of the song, but this one is my favourite, and not because of the connection I mentioned earlier. Yes, I know that the connection I mentioned is rather weak but, as I said before, a man can all but dream, can’t he?

Do you have a favourite cover version of a song that’s not as well known as the original? Share it with us in the comments.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post, and to Kat and Barbara who both published posts about favourite songs and linked back to this feature.

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