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"
(1982)
"Do Me, Baby"
(1982)
"1999"
(1982)
Prince (UK) chronology
"Let's Work"
(1982)
…"Do Me, Baby"/"Private Joy"
(1982)
"1999"
(1982)

"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.

Contents

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

References

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

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