Do Me, Baby

Do Me, Baby
"Do Me, Baby"

U.S. promotional 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Controversy
B-side "Private Joy"
Released July 16, 1982
Format 7" promo single
Recorded Uptown, Sunset Sound, Hollywood Sound, 1981
Genre R&B
Length 7" edit: 3:57
Album: 7:47
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) André Cymone, credited to Prince
Producer Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Let's Work"
"Do Me, Baby"
Prince (UK) chronology
"Let's Work"
…"Do Me, Baby"/"Private Joy"

"Do Me, Baby" is a Prince ballad, the third and final U.S. single from his 1981 album, Controversy. With a running time of almost eight minutes, it is the longest track on the album. The song was written by André Cymone, but credited to Prince.[citation needed]

Sung in Prince's falsetto vocals, the soulful track has a distinctive bass guitar line, and is dominated by heavy keyboards and piano. The song is a seductive romp, and honed the artist's signature style with slow-burning numbers. The song features screams and yells of passion by Prince, and a spoken seduction at the end. This song is also notable for the famous, trademark high note at 3:24. It would become a standard of many tours and would often be extended to "tease" the audience. The B-side was fellow Controversy track, "Private Joy".

Despite employing the popular slow jam approach of Barry White, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass and others, the single didn't chart until a cover version by R&B singer Meli'sa Morgan went to number one on the R&B charts, and number forty-six on the Hot 100 in 1986. [1] The main reason for Prince's version not charting, presumably, is that it was a promotional airplay single and not sold in stores. This was probably one of the earliest examples of an airplay single, a kind of single that would prove very popular in the 1990s. "Do Me Baby" received moderate airplay on R&B stations, however, since there were no airplay charts at the time, it was ineligible to chart.


Track listing

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

Appearances in other media

  • Chris Tucker performed the song during the opening scene of the 2007 film Rush Hour 3.
  • Tupac Shakur (as Makaveli) sampled this song in his 1996 song "To Live & Die in L.A.".

See also

Preceded by
"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne & Friends
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single (Meli'sa Morgan version)
February 15 - March 1, 1986
Succeeded by
"How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 414. 

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