The audience at a Barack Obama rally in San Francisco's Masonic Auditorium was stunned, no doubt, when Cornell sang an acoustic version of this classic song, made famous first by Dolly Parton and then, of course, by the great Whitney. Prepare to be blown away.I'm not even sure how to describe Chris Cornell's voice, except to say that anything he sings gives me chills. This all started with Temple of the Dog for me, and over the years, I've found myself continually following everything this man does. I've never had the pleasure of seeing him perform live, but some day I will.
Without further adieu, here's the video of Cornell's version of "I Will Always Love You":
Yes, it was a bit rough around the edges, but that's one reason I think it's so incredible. Yes, it's a surprise, but it's an awesome one. This is not perfect -- far from it -- and that makes it all the more real. No auto tune, no crazy computer stuff -- this is just an outstanding vocalist (one of the best in rock) doing his thing, and paying tribute to Whitney Houston. She truly had one of the greatest voices in music history (in my opinion) and her passing was a tragic loss. Chris Cornell's version of this song is an instant classic, and, to me, one of the best and most beautifully moving tributes to Whitney's memory.