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.

51 weeks 51 songs from the past poster

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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  1. I remembered this version and my eldest son thought she was the spiders ankles… so as to speak. Andrea Boccelli’s blue Christmas melts me each note he sings. Originally popularised Earnest Tubb in 1949 , I listened to Elvis sing it in 1964 when I was a copy cat of Elvis from the age of 5. It has been covered and covered again but after seeing it performed live in Ljatico Tuscanny Andrea’s version Is the one for me.

  2. Very techno, Hugh! It’s a really great song- regardless of the performer. 🙂 You’ve got me thinking if I know of any lesser known covers that I like better than the original….

  3. For some reason, this video kept reminding me of Olivia’s video for ‘Physical’ that you featured early. Could just have been me!
    And once again, I have an answer to your parting question. Hallelujah covered by Pentatonix.

  4. I’ve never heard this upbeat version before. Not sure if I like it, lol. But of course I loved Dolly Parton’s and Whitney’s versions. Thanks for featuring diversified music in this series Hugh. 🙂 xx

  5. I love this song and this is a great version of it, Hugh. I share your dream of being a rock star. I sang back up for Foreigner a few years ago for the song “I want to know what love is.” It was definitely a different version from the original and I added a lot with my dancing. Having an open bar at the event helped me perform at my absolute best!

  6. Gosh it was hard for me to listen to because Whitney’s version is so deeply embedded in my brain! Weird how that is! The first thing that popped into my mind is an odd one…The Blind Boys of Alabama singing Amazing Grace to the music of House of the Rising Sun. But I also liked Korn’s version of Radiohead’s Creep.

  7. I remember buying this on cassette. Loved it and loved the originals for different reasons. I too have a claim to fame and I don’t want to brag but mine is better than yours lol. My voice was on the b side of a number one song in the U.K. charts. I’m sure you already knew that though?

    1. Now, why does the number hit one ‘Mr Blobby’ come to mind? Did you have a B-Side Christmas number one hit the same year that Sarah had a hit with this song? Come on, you gotta reveal all Mr Steve McSteveface.

  8. Hi Hugh,
    This would be a good song for the club scene, if I still went. I still can’t hear this song without thinking about the late Whitney Houston’s version. She was the one that made it popular here. Another week and another great song from the past. Hugs.

    1. I remember dancing to this track a lot, Chuck. Of course, Whitney is who I was referring to in the post, although I do rather like Dolly Parton’s original version of the song as well.
      Glad you enjoyed this version. The link I have to it will always make it a firm favourite of mine. 👯‍♂️

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