I'll Always Love You (Taylor Dayne song)

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"I'll Always Love You"
Taylor Dayne – I'll Always Love You (single cover).jpg
Single by Taylor Dayne
from the album Tell It to My Heart
B-side "Where Does That Boy Hang Out"
Released June 12, 1988
Recorded 1987
Length 4:33
Label Arista
Writer(s) Jimmy George
Producer(s) Ric Wake
Taylor Dayne singles chronology
"Prove Your Love"
"I'll Always Love You"
"Don't Rush Me"

"I'll Always Love You" is a song by American singer Taylor Dayne and the third single from her debut album, Tell It to My Heart. The song is a romantic ballad, showcasing Dayne's softer side—after the first two singles released were mainly Hi-NRG dance-pop tracks—paving her way to the adult contemporary charts. It features sensuous love lyrics accompanied by a saxophone instrumental performed by Richie Cannata, who has played for other mainstream acts, including the Billy Joel Band.

Dayne was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal for her performance on "I'll Always Love You" in 1989. The song was also nominated for Best R&B Song that year.

Chart performance[edit]

This single was her first crossover hit, being her first song on the adult contemporary radio format and her only song to chart on the R&B chart. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 24, 1988.


Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[1] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[1] 21
UK Singles Chart[2] 41
Switzerland Singles Chart[3] 30
German Singles Chart[4] 38
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 85
Australian (ARIA Singles Chart)[5] 86


In 1989, Tito Nieves Released a Salsa version which is on his album, Yo Quiero Cantar. In 2012, Dayne performed this song live on This American Life, using it to serenade comedian Tig Notaro, who, every time she had previously encountered Dayne, used to greet her by saying, "Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you, but I just have to tell you. I love your voice."[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Billboard chart positions". Billboard/Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  2. ^ "UK charts archive". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Dutch charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  4. ^ "German charts archive". charts.de. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry (submitted to charts.mail@aria.com.au), received 2014-06-17". imgur.com. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Live Show Redux". This American Life. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

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