- 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
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.
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.  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.
- "Do Me, Baby" (edit) – 3:57
- "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.".
"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
"How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston
Prince singles 1970s 1980s
- Purple Rain (1984)
- Sign o' the Times (1987)
- Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
- Crystal Ball (1998)
- "The Truth"
2000s Other singlesOne-offDigital Album tracks
- "I Feel for You" (1979)
- "When You Were Mine" (1980)
- "Head" (1980)
- "Private Joy" (1982)
- "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" (1982)
- "17 Days" (1984)
- "The Beautiful Ones" (1984)
- "Computer Blue" (1984)
- "Darling Nikki" (1984)
- "Baby I'm a Star" (1984)
- "4 the Tears in Your Eyes" (1985)
- "Don't Talk 2 Strangers" (1996)
- "I Can't Make U Love Me" (1996)
- "La, La, La Means I Love U" (1996)
- "One of Us" (1996)
- "Everyday Is a Winding Road" (1999)
- "A Case of U" (2002)
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