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Do Me, Baby

from the album Controversy
Domebaby single.jpg
single art for Do Me, Baby
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 14 October 1981 - Controversy album
Album(s): Controversy

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
One Nite Alone... Live!
1999 Deluxe

Writer(s): André Cymone (music (assumed, uncredited)) & Prince (lyrics)
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Do Me, Baby is the third track on Prince's fourth album Controversy, and, nine months after the album's release, Do Me, Baby was released as the album's third single. In 1993, the single edit was included as the fifth track on Prince's second compilation album The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 2002, a live version was also included as the eighth track on the second disc of One Nite Alone... Live!, Prince's first live album (along with Adore and Condition Of The ♥ (Interlude) from the same show). The song was written by André Cymone, but credited to Prince.

An early version of the song featuring André Cymone on lead vocals was recorded on 17 February 1979 at Music Farm Studios in New York, during a day of sessions led by Pepé Willie intended for Tony Silvester, leader of the group The Main Ingredient to use as demos for Little Anthony and the Imperials, who he wanted to produce (the one-day session also produced If You Feel Like Dancin', I Feel For You, Thrill You Or Kill You and With You), although Do Me, Baby was recorded with extra studio time and was not intended for use by Silvester.

Even when the song is credited solely to Prince, André Cymone has said it was his song and Pepé Willie has confirmed this statement. It seems likely André came up with the main groove or perhaps the music and Prince put lyrics to it, either lyrics he already had or something he wrote after the music was done.

While specific recording dates of the released version are not known, the album sessions took place in Spring and Summer 1981, at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota and Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California. The album was completed at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, between 14 and 23 August 1981.

In 2000, Do Me, Baby was planned for inclusion on When 2 R In Love: The Ballads Of Prince (likely in re-recorded form, although it is possible this was planned but not executed). The album did not receive many votes by visitors at Prince: A Celebration, however, and was ultimately abandoned.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
17 February 1979 Music Farm Studios,
New York, NY, USA
Early recording with André Cymone on lead vocals
Spring-Summer 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California (unverified)
Basic tracking
14 - 23 August 1981 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs, mixing
Recording Personnel

Released version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Preliminary version

  • André Cymone - lead vocals and bass guitar (assumed)
  • Prince - guitar, synthesizer and keyboards (assumed)
  • Pepé Willie - synthesizer, percussion (assumed)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Do Me, Baby 7:47 Controversy

Strange Tales From The Rain promo

Do Me, Baby (Edit) 3:57 Do Me, Baby single

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides

Do Me, Baby 1:56 One Nite Alone... Live! Live 14 April 2002, Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston, TX, USA
Do Me, Baby 7:18 1999 Deluxe Live 1 December 1982 (a.m.): Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Do Me, Baby 4:40 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc

Purple Rain Deluxe – Live at the Carrier Dome (DVD)

Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
Do Me, Baby T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Do Me, Baby 6:35 1999 Deluxe DVD Live 29 December 1982: The Summit, Houston, TX
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Do Me, Baby T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Do Me, Baby T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
Do Me, Baby T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
Do Me, Baby T.B.C. Live concert performance Live 20 November 1996, Harpo Studios, Chicago, IL, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
International Lover 3:48 Piano & A Microphone 1983 'Rehearsal' a.k.a. International Lover (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version); contains instrumental interpolation of Do Me, Baby
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Do Me, Baby Studio 1979 André Cymone version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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