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"Sexual Healing" is a 1982 song recorded by American soul singer Marvin Gaye on the Columbia Records label. The song is the first hit record to use the Roland TR-808 drum machine for bass.


The music and lyrics were composed by Gaye, David Ritz and Odell Brown. The song discussed a man's aching for finding sexual healing with his woman - hence the title "Sexual Healing". According to Ritz, when he interviewed Gaye for an autobiography, he noticed comic book pornography in Marvin's room and mentioned to the singer that he "needed sexual healing" causing Gaye to tell Ritz to write a poem, after noting the rough draft of Ritz's lyrics, Gaye wrote his share of the lyrics and recorded the song while in Ohain, Belgium. The final mix was recorded in Waterloo, Belgium, the site where Gaye addressed CBS Records executives about the song. Some saw the song as Marvin's harmonious plea to sex in the form of him preaching the word of gospel, marrying his divided soul.

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