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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Topped R&B Chart This Day In 1992

I Will Always Love You

December 5, 1992 – “I Will Always Love You” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming the longest-running #1 on that chart at the time. The New York Times wrote, “Houston transforms a plaintive country ballad into a towering pop-gospel assertion of lasting devotion to a departed lover. Her voice breaking and tensing, she treats the song as a series of emotional bursts in a steady climb toward a final full-out declamation. Along the way, her virtuosic gospel embellishments enhance the emotion and never seem merely ornamental.”

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