Fuqua whispers, "get up, wake up," four times before the sounds of a rhythmic keyboard are played.Afterwards, Gaye is heard singing an ad-lib before the first verse.The tour's commercial and critical success further renewed Gaye's musical confidence.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.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. 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. As it fades out, Gaye can be heard singing, "please don't procrastinate, it's not good to masturbate." "Sexual Healing" was released as a single in 1982.The song reached number one on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, where it stayed for a record ten weeks before being replaced by Michael Jackson and Paul Mc Cartney's duet, "The Girl Is Mine." The success was similar on the Hot 100 where it peaked at number three.A music video for "Sexual Healing" was shot, depicting Gaye singing in a smoky nightclub with four female dancers behind him.
Another bridge follows after the second repeat of the chorus.
With Brown and Banks, Gaye created and co-composed an instrumental track that featured reggae overtones, recorded around December 1981.
Gaye was still working on the track when David Ritz, then a reviewer for Rolling Stone, arrived at Ostend to locate Gaye's whereabouts, despite Gaye's and Couseart's rules that no musical critic would be allowed to talk to the singer.
A re-recorded version featuring American recording artist Ne-Yo was released as the album's second single in 2007.
On the same album, Connor performed a posthumous duet with Gaye entitled "Your Precious Love." The song's music video is placed in the story of the 1986 erotic drama film 9½ Weeks, featuring representative scenes from the film, e.g.
On Belgium's Ultratop 50 chart, the song reached number two.