Friday, March 30, 2012

Meli'sa Morgan - "Do Me Baby"

Do Me Baby - Do Me Baby

(Debuted January 25, 1986, Peaked #46, 14 Weeks on the Chart)

During the mid-1980s, there weren't many stars that were bigger than Prince. So it wasn't a bad career move at the time to release one of his songs. In the case of "Do Me Baby," it had initially appeared on his 1981 LP Controversy. It was released as a single, but failed to chart. Its seductive lyrics (suited for singers like Teddy Pendergrass or Barry White) weren't really in style for the era, but when Meli'sa Morgan recreated it in 1986, the female perspective gave it an entirely different outlook.

Morgan was a gospel-influenced singer from Queens, New York who released music under her name from 1986 through '92. Before that, she was briefly part of the dance-based studio groups Shades of Love and High Fashion and a gospel choir called Starlets of Corona. "Do Me Baby" would be her only Hot 100 listing and barely missed the Top 40, but would hit #1 on the R&B chart, where she would rack up several more hits.

While "Do Me Baby" is credited to Prince as a songwriter and certainly fits the style he crafted over the years, it was actually written by his then-bass player Andre Cymone. He left Prince's employ in 1981 over creative differences but patched things up enough to enjoy some of the fruits of his success in the mid-1980s.

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