On this day in music history: January 6, 1982 …

On this day in music history: January 6, 1982 – “Let’s Work” by Prince is released. Written, performed, and produced by Prince, it is the ninth single release for the singer, songwriter, musician and producer from Minneapolis, MN. Originally written as “Let’s Rock” after the popular dance “The Rock”, the song is initially to be released as a stand alone single following his self-titled second album. When Warner Bros. nixes the idea, Prince reworks the song and re-titles it “Let’s Work”. Released as the second single from Prince’s fourth album “Controversy”, it quickly becomes another hit on the R&B chart and on the dance floor. It also is issued in extended form as his first commercially released 12" single six weeks later on February 17, 1982 (featuring “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)”, the first of the artists’ numerous non-LP single B-sides on the flip side). The 7" single release features the album track “Ronnie Talk To Russia” as its B-side. “Let’s Work” peaks at #9 on the Billboard R&B singles chart on March 27, 1982, also hitting number one on the Billboard Club Play chart (paired with “Controversy”) on November 14, 1981. The extended 12" mix of “Let’s Work” makes its belated CD debut when it is included on the double disc compilation “Ultimate Prince” in 2006. “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)” is released on the triple CD set “The Hits/B-Sides” in 1993.