Do What You Do (Jermaine Jackson song)

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"Do What You Do"
Jermaine jackson do what you do.jpg
European cover art
Single by Jermaine Jackson
from the album Dynamite
B-side "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)"
Released November, 1984 (US)
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded 1984
Genre R&B
Length 4:46
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Larry Ditommaso, Ralph Dino
Producer(s) Clive Davis, Jermaine Jackson
Jermaine Jackson singles chronology
"Do What You Do" / "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)"
"When the Rain Begins to Fall"
"Do What You Do" / "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)"
"When the Rain Begins to Fall"

"Do What You Do" is a single by American R&B singer Jermaine Jackson, sibling of singers Michael and Janet Jackson and former member of The Jackson 5. It was released as the second single his album, which was called Jermaine Jackson in the United States and Dynamite in the United Kingdom and other countries.

This was one of Jackson's first releases with Arista Records after a long recording career with Motown Records, first as a member of The Jackson 5, then later as a solo artist. Although Jermaine Jackson never achieved the same level of solo success as sister Janet or brother Michael, "Do What You Do" was one of six top 20 solo hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the singer. The song peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100,[1] No. 14 on the Billboard R&B chart, and spent three weeks atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[2] The song was one of Jackson's biggest hits in the UK, where it reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

In the ballad, Jackson is requesting that his lover continue with certain enjoyable events they have both experienced in the past: Why don't you do what you do / when you did what you did to me?

Its B-side is "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)", a duet with Michael Jackson.

The song was sampled by Lil Wayne for "How Could Something" and by Chamillionaire for "Void In My Life".

Music video[edit]

The music video was an imitation of The Godfather and supermodel Iman played Jackson's love interest who eventually betrays him by trying to shoot him. After his henchmen take her away, it is not revealed what happened to her.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 309.
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 289.
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart info Retrieved 1 August 2009.

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