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
RecordedApril 1979 (Tracking of demo version) June 1981 (Tracking of album version)[1]
StudioAlpha Studios (demo version)
Sunset Sound (album version)
GenreR&B, Soul
Length3:57 (7" edit)
4:47 (demo version)
7:47 (album version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Prince, Andre Cymone[2]
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.[3] 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. In 1986, the song was notably covered by R&B singer Meli'sa Morgan. It was featured in one of the opening scenes of the 2007 film Rush Hour 3, with Chris Tucker's character singing along while listening to it on his headphones and simultaneously directing traffic with the dance sequences of Michael Jackson.

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
from the album Do Me Baby
Released1986[4]
GenreR&B, soul
Length5:27
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Prince, Andre Cymone
Producer(s)Paul Laurence
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 Black Singles chart,[5] 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]

  • Meli'sa Morgan – vocals
  • Production – Paul Laurence
  • Recording, mixing – Steve Goldman

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

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

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prince Estate Drops Rare 1979 Demo Version of 'Do Me, Baby'".
  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. ^ "André Cymone plays the records that changed his life - Page 3 of 3 - Wax Poetics". Wax Poetics. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  4. ^ Billboard "Reviews", page 67, volume 97, number 47. November 23, 1985.
  5. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Meli'sa Morgan". Allmusic. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 1986". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2021.