Today’s Song of the Day is in remembrance of Marvin Gaye, who was tragically killed by his father on this day in 1984. “Sexual Healing” was Marvin Gaye’s biggest hit of the ’80s.The song was off of his album Midnight Love. The song reached number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying at the top spot for ten weeks. It also peaked at #3 on the Hot 100.
This was the first single Gaye released after leaving Motown Records. He spent 20 tumultuous years with the label, which included disputes over royalties and his marriage to and divorce from Berry Gordy’s sister, Anna. He recorded this album for CBS Records.
This won the 1982 Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male. The instrumental version also won for Best R&B Instrumental.