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Marvin Gaye, 'Sexual Healing'

233. Marvin Gaye, 'Sexual Healing'

Writers: Gaye, Odell Brown, David Ritz
Oct. '82, Columbia
21 weeks; No. 3

In April 1982 Gaye was living in exile in Brussels and suffering writer's block. "I suggested that Marvin needed sexual healing," Ritz, his biographer, later wrote. Gaye put the idea to a reggae-style beat by sideman Brown. The result: Gaye's last Top Five hit.

Appears on: Midnight Love (Columbia)


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