The Whitfield-Strong song matched a typically socially aware lyric with a busy, funky, brass-fuelled beat.
The Holland-Dozier-Holland classic was released in the US just three weeks after ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ had finished its two-week reign.
'Motown Chartbusters Volume 4' was not only another collection of big hits from the label, it became the latest No. 1 in the series itself.
If there was any initial hesitancy among pop radio programmers about the raunchy nature of 'Sexual Healing,' it was soon dispersed.
Only a year after Gladys Knight and the Pips took it to the top of the R&B chart, Marvin made 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' his for keeps.
In late October 1982, after weeks of rumours, Paul Weller announced that he was splitting up the band to explore new musical possibilities.
Stevie had been raising the bar of his artistic imagination for some time, when he unveiled what many consider to be his first masterpiece.
Motown's inspired decision to release the three-year-old 'Tears Of A Clown' as a UK 45 led it to No. 1 in Britain and a belated US release.
When Tammi fell on stage and collapsed into Marvin Gay's arms on 14 October 1967, it foretold of tragedy.
Whitfield and Barrett Strong's psychedelic soul story of a wayward father and the family he left behind became a Motown classic.
On 9 October 1971, ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),' the latest 45 from the immortal 'What's Going On' album, bowed on the US pop and R&B charts.
Four million sales in the US alone for his self-titled debut sent a very clear message that his fans wanted Lionel solo.
The song was a musical tour de force by the 23-year-old Motown genius, who put it together in double-quick time.
Our appreciation of the career of a unique British music innovator and stylist who has never been replaced.
Fuelled by ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You,' the soundtrack album would go on to give Stevie another US R&B No. 1.