The king’s busy and complicated love life could probably have inspired thousands of heartbreaking ballads. But classic lyrics like “Take my love, I’ll never ask for too much, Just all that you are and everything that you do” are just the opening lines of the classic power ballad I Have Nothing from the soundtrack of the movie The Bodyguard. They are written from the very personal experience of living with and loving Elvis.
Linda Thompson was with The King for over four years from July 1972 to late 1976. Even after they broke up, their love continued. She was the first person to call Elvis’ young daughter Lisa Marie the night he died and she has kept his memory and legacy alive ever since.
About I Have Nothing, Linda said: “That song was definitely inspired by my life with Elvis. I knew what it was like to live with the greatest male diva of all time. I had to write this lyric around Whitney Houston, the female diva in The Bodyguard. .
“So I took some of the events and some of my feelings about living with Elvis and wrote about it in the Bodyguard.”
Linda also shared the experience of seeing Whitney sing her song in the recording studio: “She was a racehorse, got to the mic without any warm-up and just hit those big notes.”
Oddly enough, The Bodyguard didn’t originally have such a powerful soundtrack or many original songs for its lead actress.
Whitney’s long-term producer Clive Davis explained what happened: “Usually the head of a record label wants more music throughout the film, but unless you confirm Whitney’s stardom, the script doesn’t provide that. So I wrote a letter to the director and Kevin. [Costner] just saying, ‘If you don’t get more music, if you don’t get more Whitney performances, you don’t have a great movie.'”
Of course he turned out to be right. The soundtrack moved over 45 million copies and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as the greatest movie soundtrack of all time.
I have Nothing was a huge worldwide hit and topped the US singles chart.
Speaking of leaving Elvis, Linda once said, “I wanted to define my own position in life, write my own songs, build my own career, have my kids and my family and then write about my life and where he fit in. , which is, of course, the greatest love imaginable.”