Do Me, Baby

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"Do Me, Baby"
Domebabysong.jpg
US promotional 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Controversy
B-side"Private Joy"
ReleasedJuly 16, 1982
Format7" promo single
RecordedUptown, Sunset Sound, Hollywood Sound
GenreRhythm and blues
Length3:57 (7" edit)
7:47 (Album version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Prince, Andre Cymone (unofficial and uncredited)[1]
Producer(s)Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Let's Work"
(1982)
"Do Me, Baby"
(1982)
"1999"
(1982)
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"Let's Work"
(1982)
"Do Me, Baby"
(1982)
"1999"
(1982)

"Do Me, Baby" is a 1981 ballad performed by Prince, from his fourth album, Controversy. Although it was credited as being written by him, it is alleged to have been written by his former bassist and childhood friend André Cymone.[2] It was released as the third and final US single from the album. It was later included on his 1993 compilation The Hits/The B-Sides. The song was notably covered in 1986 by R&B singer Meli'sa Morgan, whose version reached number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Cover version[edit]

The single did not chart until a cover version by R&B singer Meli'sa Morgan was released as the lead single from her debut album of the same name. In 1986, Morgan's version went to number one on Billboard's R&B Singles chart, and number forty-six on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

Samples[edit]

It was used as a sample in the 2Pac single "To Live & Die in L.A."[4] and MoKenStef's "He's Mine." Jodeci also sampled the song on the track, "What About Us" in 1994. Actor Chris Tucker sampled it in the movie Rush Hour 3 in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do Me, Baby" (edit) – 3:57
  2. "Private Joy" – 4:25

Meli'sa Morgan version[edit]

"Do Me Baby"
Meli'sa-Morgan---Do-Me-Baby.jpg
Single by Meli'sa Morgan
Released1986[5]
Format
Genre
Length5:27
Label
Songwriter(s)Prince
Producer(s)
Meli'sa Morgan singles chronology
"Keep in Touch (Body to Body)"
(1982)
"Do Me Baby"
(1986)
"Do You Still Love Me?"
(1986)
Music video
"Do Me, Baby" on YouTube

American singer Meli'sa Morgan released a cover of "Do Me, Baby" in November 1985. Her version was a number one hit on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (then titled Hot Black Singles), where it spent a total of 24 weeks in 1986. It was also her only entry on the US Hot 100, where it charted for a total of 14 weeks and peaked at 46.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

Side one
No.TitleLyricsProducerLength
1."Do Me, Baby"Prince5:27
Side two
No.TitleLyricsProducerLength
1."Do Me, Baby"Prince
  • Paul Laurence
4:59

Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single

Side one
No.TitleLyricsProducerLength
1."Do Me, Baby"Prince
  • Paul Laurence
3:59
Side two
No.TitleLyricsProducerLength
1."Do Me, Baby"Prince
  • Paul Laurence
4:03

Credits and personnel[edit]

Performers

  • Meli'sa Morgan – vocals

Technical and Production

  • Production – Paul Laurence
  • Recording, mixing – Steve Goldman

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 46
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "André Cymone plays the records that changed his life - Page 3 of 3 - Wax Poetics". Wax Poetics. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  2. ^ "André Cymone plays the records that changed his life - Page 3 of 3 - Wax Poetics". Wax Poetics. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 414.
  4. ^ "Makaveli's 'To Live & Die in L.A.' sample of Prince's 'Do Me, Baby'". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  5. ^ Billboard "Reviews", page 67, volume 97, number 47. November 23, 1985.
  6. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.

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