Song Review: Rod Stewart and Ronald Isley – “This Old Heart of Mine”

This duet version of “This Old Heart of Mine” that Rod Stewart recorded with Ronald Isley appeared on Rod Stewart’s Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964-1990. The single was released in late 1989/early 1990, and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 14 years old and in the ninth grade when this single was released. I absolutely loved “Downtown Train,” which was the single released right before “This Old Heart of Mine.” While at the time I wasn’t familiar with the original recording by The Isley Brothers back then, I still enjoyed this cover because it was such a fun and upbeat song. 25 years later, I have to give some serious props to Rod Stewart for recording a duet with Ronald Isley, who provided the lead vocals on the original version.

The music video that was released for “This Old Heart of Mine” was rather simplistic overall. It featured Rod Stewart and Ronald Isley lip-synching the song, accompanied by three women dressed in bright green dresses that looked like they walked straight out of the late 1960s. The hairstyle the women had also screamed “late 1960s.” While the video fits with the fun and upbeat feel of the song, it ended up being really cheesy and doesn’t really stand the test of time. Several times, some of the lyrics to the song flash across the screen, or silhouettes of the women in the video are used, and it’s those two elements that really date this video and make it cheesy.

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