The digital sales of "Sexual Healing" reached , downloads and was certified as a Gold single in Gaye eventually cut part of the lyrics off. Production[ edit ] At the end of the tour, two of Gaye's musicians, Gordon Banks and Odell Brown , had decided to stay in Ostend as Gaye had been planning on new musical material after being exposed to reggae music while in England. He asked a mutual friend to speak to Gaye about him. Ritz finally received his writer and respective publisher credit, and began receiving royalties from the song. Interspersed were amusing scenes of Gaye getting a physical exam from a sexy female doctor, admiring her in the process. Cousaert then got Gaye an apartment, loaned him money, and earnestly helped him rebuild his career. On Belgium's Ultratop 50 chart, the song reached number two. In different versions of the song, Gaye had added extra lyrics to the second bridge as showcased on the song's demo tape and on an alternate version of the song. During the chorus, sounds of a harmonious synthesizer are heard before Gaye reaches a vocal bridge, that is led by Gaye and Gordon Banks providing a rhythm guitar solo. What you need is sexual healing, being in love with one woman, where sex and love are joined instead of sexual perversity. Author David Ritz is best known for writing the autobiographies of music legends B. Not only did Ritz travel all the way to Ostend, Belgium to write the song with Gaye, but later he was forced to file a lawsuit when Gaye did not credit him on the song. Also issued as a mastertone , this format was certified Platinum in Marvin immediately loved the song, and he thought it would be a hit. The song ends with Gaye repeating the chorus line. In the album version, Gaye and Banks' background vocals immediately come after the second bridge ends, but in the single version, Gaye repeats the vamp he had sung at the ending of the first bridge, this time with Fuqua's whispers added.