Porter Wagoner gave Dolly Parton her big break. In 1967, Wagoner gave the up-and-coming singer-songwriter a spot on The Porter Wagoner Show. Her appearances on the popular weekly show propelled her rise to stardom, but eventually Parton decided she needed to strike out on her own. By 1973, she was ready to move on. The professional breakup wasn’t wasn’t easy. Parton even penned one of her best-known songs, “I Will Always Love You,” about the split.
Wagoner and Parton were close professionally, but was there ever a romantic element to their relationship?