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Whitney Houston Death: Chris Cornell Delivers Moving Version of 'I Will Always Love You' (Video)

The Soundgarden frontman performed an emotional acoustic rendition of the song at an Obama fundraiser on Thursday.

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Among the many tributes to Whitney Houston comes this surprising performance by rocker Chris Cornell.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was performing at a fundraiser for President Obama on Thursday night in San Francisco when he delivered a solo acoustic cover of Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

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A roaring crowd at the 3,100-seat capacity Masonic Auditorium can be heard cheering enthusiastically for the soulful rendition, which marries Cornell's grunge-grown vocals with melodies from Houston's version, which was itself an R&B interpretation of a country song originally by Dolly Parton.

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Cornell is no stranger to awesome covers. His moody take on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" is a longtime favorite of fans and even made an appearance on American Idol, when season 7 winner David Cook used it as inspiration for his performance during the Top 10 week of the competition.

Watch Cornell's moving version below: 

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