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This Old Heart Of Mine


The Isley Brothers

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This was the Isley's first single for Motown Records. They had their own label, T-neck Records, but abandoned it for a chance to record for Motown.
This was the best charting single of any Isley Brothers song to this point. It did better than their previous hits, "Shout" and "Twist And Shout."
Motown hitmakers Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) wrote this song. It was the last hit song they wrote for the Isleys, as other Motown artists demanded their attention.
This is one of those Motown songs with an upbeat tune but heartwrenching lyrics about a guy who is devastated by the loss of his girl. The poor dude just can't move on, and like the singer in "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," he's abandoned his pride: "If you leave me a hundred times, a hundred times I'll take you back. I'm yours whenever you want me."

Lamont Dozier explained in a 1976 interview with Blues & Soul magazine how he came up with these tales of woe: "I've often broken up with a girlfriend for a week just to be able to get that real feeling of hurt so that I can write what I write from experience! I should add that I always make sure we patch up again after the week's over. But I'm constantly working at the piano – that's my source of release, like a tranquilizer for me." (This interview is available at Rock's Backpages.)
Originally charting at #47, it reached #3 when it was reissued in England in 1968, accompanied by a promotional tour from The Isley Brothers.
Rod Stewart released this as a duet with Ronald Isley in 1990. It hit #10 in the US.
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Comments (11):

On January 4th, 1976, "This Old Heart of Mine" by Rod Stewart entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a four week stay, peaking at #83...
Fourteen years later on March 18th, 1990 he re-recorded it in a duet with Ronald Isley; and on May 20th, 1990 their version peaked at #10 on the Top 100...
And on April 15th, 1990 it reached #1 (for 5 weeks) on the Billboard's Adult contemporary Tracks chart...

On February 13th, 1966 the Isley Brothers' original version, with Ronald Isley singing lead, entered the Top 100; and on April 17th, 1966 it peaked at #12 (for 1 week) and also spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...

In 1969 the Isley's fellow Motown label mate Tammi Terrell covered it; her version reached #67 and stayed on the Top 100 for four weeks.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
2nd verse should read: "Always with half a kiss to remind me of what I miss! Though I try to control myself like a fool I start bleating cos my heart starts beating!"
I discovered this song during my college freshmen year in the spring of 1987. About 21 years after it was released. It was featured on the hit tv show "Moonlighting". The song became one of my favorites at that time.It still is. It reminds me of a female I had a crush on at that time. Still gets to me whenever I hear it. Rod Stewart totaly f..ked it with his version of the song. I like the original version better Always will.
- marcus, houston, TX
Holland, Dozier & Holland should have sued themselves, because the bridge to "This Old Heart Of Mine" is virtually identical to their "Back In My Arms Again".
- John, Cincinnati, OH
Motown staff writer Sylvia Moy co-wrote this song with Holland/Dozier/Holland. It was one of the rare times that the team co-wrote with an additional writer.
- John, Nashville, TN
Curtis Mayfield wrote a song called "Can't Satisfy" that was a top-20 r&b hit for the Impressions in 1966. Motown sued because the melody was very similar to this song. Mayfield ended up sharing songwriting credit for this song with Holland/Dozier/Holland/Moy.
- John, Nashville, TN
The Isleys' follow-up UK hit was "I Guess I'll Always Love You" - another Holland, Dozier, Holland composition.
- Alan, Kirkby Thore, England
Very romantic song. Used on American Idol's Hollywood auditions.
- Matthew, East Brunswick, NJ
Was covered by The Supremes in 1966 on their "Supremes A Go Go" album.
- Brad, Cleveland, OH
I love this! The sax (I think) solo is so thick sounding...I love it. Anyone know which albums/songs feature Hendrix?
- Jesse, Toronto, Canada
This is one cool song.It rocks.Maybe my favorite.I like this line.''If you leave me 100 times,100 times I'll take you back.
- Johnny, Bridgeport, OH
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