Delroy Wilson

This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)

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After literally growing up at Studio One, Delroy Wilson decided to have a go elsewhere in 1967 and linked up with producer Bunny Lee. However he cut only a handful of songs, "This Old Heart of Mine" included, before scampering back to Coxsone Dodd.

The original was a Top 15 U.S. hit for the Isley Brothers the year before, which is why Lee was keen to have the teen star record it. The producer set the song to a lovely, unintrusive arrangement, heavy on the cymbals, of course, but with the emotive piano riff to the fore.

However, it's the vocals that are the producer's focus, and Wilson gives a creamy, impassioned performance, almost turning the number into a torch song. Still, Wilson seems just a bit uncomfortable in this new setting, which may explain why the single didn't hit as big as Lee expected. In a few years, that would all change, and Wilson would cut some of his best loved songs for the producer, but this single, released in 1968, was where it all started.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
24 Super Hits 1990 Sonic 2:48
Sonic Sounds Greatest Hits 1994
Various Artists
Sonic 2:45
Rock Steady Rave 1995
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Charly Records 2:50
Don't Call Me Ska Face 1997
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill
Jamaica Ska-Kore 1 1997
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:50
Jamaica Ska Kore [Riviere] 1998
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:50
Once Upon a Time: The Best of Delroy Wilson 1998 Trojan / Sanctuary 2:46
Greatest Reggae Album of All Time [Dressed to Kill] 1998
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:50
World of Reggae, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:41
Reggae Celebrates the Detroit Sound 1999
Various Artists
Pow Wow 3:42
Ska'd for Life 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:49
Reggae Explosion [Legend] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Legend 2:44
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Cleopatra
The Legendary Ska Explosion, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:50
The Legends Collection: Legendary Ska Explosion 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:50
I'm in a Dancing Mood 2002 Proper Pairs 2:46
The Trojan Reggae Brothers 2003
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:44
Works of Jah, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Alchemy Records 2:52