Obscure Song Monday – Sexual Healing
This is our weekly feature called "Obscure Song Monday." Each week we spotlight a song from the 70's or 80's that was a big hit on the charts - but over time - seemed to have been forgotten about.
This week's obscure song is "Sexual Healing" from the late Marvin Gaye. The song was the first single from Gaye's 1982 album Midnight Love and his first single after departing Motown Records.
According to an article on songfacts.com, it was in the winter of 1981, when at the end of his "In Our Lifetime" European tour, Gaye relocated to Belgium. That was when while dealing with his drug and financial problems he wrote Sexual Healing. "Healing" has been described as a post-disco, soul and funk song.
The song was released as a single in 1982, reaching the top 40 in November of that year. It was on January 29, 1983 when it hit it's peak position of #3 on the Hot 100. Sexual Healing won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Male.
It was on April 1 ,1984, a day after Gaye's 45th birthday when his father, Marvin Gaye Sr. shot and killed the singer. He has always claimed self-defense.