The sounds of the 1970s included the sultry singing styles of Marvin Gaye, including one of his biggest hits: Let’s Get It On.
Written by Gaye and producer Ed Townsend, this song became his most successful single for Motown Records.
Recorded in March 1973 at Hitsville Los Angeles, Gaye wanted to address sexual liberation and happily used the instrumentation of the Funk Brothers to make this the lead single of his album with the same title.
Inspired by working on the studio on this track, Gaye took earlier songs he had recorded at Hitsville and reworked them for the album too. The rumour mill said that Gaye had become attracted to the teen daughter of a fellow musician, who was in the studio during the recording, later to become his girlfriend and wife.
Released in June 1973, the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in September 1973, staying in the top 10 for 13 weeks and in the top five for 10 of those weeks.
Solidifying his sexy soulful personality, Gaye’s version of the song sold over three million copies in the next few years, was certified platinum and at the time became Motown’s best selling single ever.
To this day, this song signifies a sexy call to those listening – and is still a popular song for dance clubs.