“I Will Always Love You” – Alex Chilton

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In celebration of Holly George Warren’s mammoth (and from what I’ve read so far, pretty damn excellent) biography of Alex Chilton “A Man Called Destruction,” this is Chilton’s notorious drugged-out cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” from a 1975 live on-air performance for WLYX-FM in Memphis. Chilton ad-libs he took his last 35 mg of valium before coming on the air and this seems to be no fictitious boast given Chilton’s downward spiral at the time. Still, there are moments of brilliance here.